Republic vs. Empire… And Krugman

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The left’s response to Trump is going to be a fascinating study over the next few years. Today’s lesson is on Paul Krugman’s recent column “How Republic’s End.”

The piece dissolves into a standard tirade, but it does present an interesting idea:

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the ancient world. Initially, I have to admit, I was doing it for entertainment and as a refuge from news that gets worse with each passing day. But I couldn’t help noticing the contemporary resonances of some Roman history — specifically, the tale of how the Roman Republic fell.

Here’s what I learned: Republican institutions don’t protect against tyranny when powerful people start defying political norms. And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.

If the last eight years are any indication, yes, that’s true. After all, what’s a filibuster, Harry Reid?

But seriously, the idea that Democrats are the ones prophesying the end of the republic in horror is laughable at best. Who do they think spent the past century undermining separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism – the foundations of our republican government? Republican institutions might protect against tyranny if you didn’t, oh I don’t know, dismantle them.

So what is the left to do when it is not their tyrant in the Oval Office? The answer is so simple: Care about republicanism again.

And here’s the thing: I want them to, desperately. So the next time a Democrat is in the Oval Office, I challenge Krugman to once again write that we should continue to be wary of the end of the Republic and hold the new president to the same standard that he held Donald Trump.

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