The Daily Paul has been archived. Please see the continuation of the Daily Paul at Popular

Thank you for a great ride, and for 8 years of support!

Comment: .

(See in situ)


The Apportionment Act of 1911 caps the number of representatives. That gives you a ratio of 1 representative for every 750,000 people. That gap will only continue to widen.

This is what the lecture was about beneath it. Mr. Livingston explains the problem and how it was understood at the time..

"Now, after successfully seceding from the British Empire, American's were determined to abandon Monarchy in all it's ways; nobility, church, state, and so on. But they faced a daunting problem: When they thought of republics, they thought of the history I have just mentioned. That history taught them republics had to be small. It also taught them that if the territory and population of a state was too large, the polity would necessarily become a centralized monarchy, whether they wanted it or not- the dynamic of size would determine it.

In short: for republicanism, size and scale are destiny.. not moral character or ideology, but sheer size and scale as such. Well, if that's true, it looked Americans were doomed to monarchy because of the size of the territory they had acquired from Britain. But that was not necessarily true because although the territory was vast the population was quite small. In fact, Americans enjoyed political life at a scale smaller than that of the ancient Greeks."

So, what is the problem with getting DC to follow the constitution? Inadequate representation which shifts the decision making ability from the people to the highest bidder (special interests).