Virtue or Slavery?

Grand Regional (Rapids) Voices

In my readings the other day, I found a quote from Thomas Paine which, although he was referring to England, is extremely relevant to us today. “When republican virtue fails, slavery ensues.”

tpaineSo what is republican virtue, and what can we call slavery?

Let’s take a look at what a republic is first, and then look at the virtues needed to make it work.

A republic is a form of government in which the decisions are made by representatives elected by the people, and in which the decisions are carried out by executives also elected by the people. The form which we have now is neither the democracy it is usually referred to as, or the republic which it was intended to be. It has been transformed over the years into something in between the two.

What was intended was a republic in which part of the government was selected…

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