According to classical republicans the main purpose of education is to prepare children for their future a citizens, i.e. full members of society. Lateral and critical thinking is the most important aspect of republican education, far more important than learning plain facts by heart. Without these skills a democratic republic cannot survive in the long run. Continue reading Situational puzzles
The appointment of judges is an important issue for any designers of a constitution. Perhaps it is the most difficult aspect of constitutional design. The principal aim of the judiciary is to provide a check on the other branches of government, which is necessary as – according to classical republicanism – power corrupts. A system of checks and balances is an essential feature of a republican constitution. Continue reading Democratic appointment
For the ancient Greeks it was clear. The ideal polis, a self-governing community, had a maximum of citizens. They disagreed on the actual number, but anything beyond a few ten thousand was considered to be incompatible with self-governance. Continue reading On republicanism and federation
Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius, hereafter “The Discourses“, are the most elaborate statement of classical republican thought. Ever since republican philosophers, such as Hannah Arendt, have been influenced by The Discourses. In fact it is hard, if not impossible, to define and discuss classical republican theory without referring to Machiavelli’s magnus opus. Continue reading Machiavelli’s Discourses and Space Settlements
Universal self-employment and the abolition of wage labor should be the ultimate goal of the international labor movement. It is therefore unfortunate that in our time most trade unions and labor parties are ignoring self-employment and instead pursue policies that perpetuate wage labor. Continue reading Self-employment and basic income
The principles of classical republicanism are as follows: Continue reading The principles of classical republicanism
This is the second part of our series on automation. In part 1 we discussed the social and economic consequences of automation. This post will discuss automation from a political perspective and will present a moral case for automation.
Polybius (c.200 BC – c.118 BC) is one of the main theorists of what we currently call classical republicanism. His political thought is heavily influenced by Aristotle, though his contributions are important enough to give him separate consideration. Continue reading Polybius on forms of government