Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The most self-unware/self-important person of the year prize goes to ...

....Paul Krugman.

//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.

On the first point: Roman politics involved fierce competition among ambitious men. But for centuries that competition was constrained by some seemingly unbreakable rules. Here’s what Adrian Goldsworthy’s “In the Name of Rome” says: “However important it was for an individual to win fame and add to his and his family’s reputation, this should always be subordinated to the good of the Republic … no disappointed Roman politician sought the aid of a foreign power.”//

Does Krugman mean rules like not trying to get Electors to break their oath?

Does he mean the unwritten tradition that the campaign does not extend to the Electoral College?

Does he mean unwritten norms like the one about Electors voting as they are instructed?

Because he didn't seem concerned about his side pushing the envelope on that one.


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