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A Republic & Its Citizens

More from that Richard Vigilante piece:

Bork, in defense of democracy, quotes Chesterton: “What is the good of telling a community it has every liberty except the liberty to make laws? The liberty to make laws is what constitutes a free people.” The orderly exercise of democratic authority itself breeds the dignity and responsibility necessary to its wise use. A republic needs well-instructed citizens imbued with republican virtues: courage,self-reliance, resolution, gravity, self-denial, prudence. Reducing self-government to the right to petition judicial mandarins erodes those virtues and breeds ill-informed, petulant, unprincipled citizens who think only of winning the next benefit on whatever grounds.


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