Governmentally Enhanced Instability: Modern Challenges to Political Order in the United States
Schaffer, Kirk A.
This is a brief study concerning the stability of the political system in the United States. It focuses on the national government since this is where expansion has been the most noticeable and meaningful. Chapter one begins in ancient times, applying Aristotle's thoughts on the stability of a state to the current analysis of the causes of political disorder. The second chapter considers four aspects of governmental expansion: (1) modern liberalism, the philosophical force behind the extension of the federal government's influence in previously private domains, (2) the relationship between political participation and the expansion of governmental activities as it affects the stability of the country, (3) the revolution of rising expectations, a significant destabilizing factor that has been oblivious to containment, and (4) the failing public confidence in all forms of authority, especially the national government. Chapter three analyzes the political complications of the retraction of governmental influence. Chapter four glances at the success of the United States to remain essentially stable while other countries have fallen victim to revolution. The final chapter reminds us that stability must be a qualified objective.
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