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Boris Johnson, Brexit, and Britain’s Constitutional Quagmire

An array of enormous questions—previously believed to have been settled—are now up for debate, all at once.

The authors of The Federalist Papers, that great series of essays defending the Constitution of the United States, set out to convince the public that democracy, at least in its original, ancient Athenian form, was not only…

  • James Grant
  • The Atlantic

Their preferred system of government was a republic, based on the principle of representation.

A man wearing a mask of Boris Johnson protests outside Downing Street in London, Britain August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls – RC1BB86EA860

Even some of the most radical Enlightenment thinkers of the 18th century—those who supported universal suffrage, the…

Direct democracy, they…

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