Politics And Justice—The Broken Promises Of Our Political System

In this episode, we discuss Keith’s provocative claim that people can have a more meaningful impact on society through institutions like faith, family, and business than they can through our political institutions. From adding value to our economy to achieving justice in our society, our broken political system is perhaps not the ideal way to drive positive change.

Using one of Keith’s recent Facebook posts as a point of departure, we grapple with the promise of politics in our society today and discuss its relationship with other social institutions. We conclude that, while the political does have an important role to play, other institutions are perhaps better suited to overcome polarization and address our most significant social problems.

Episode Notes, Sources and Corrections

Keith cites 19th century historian Alexis de Tocqueville as calling America a “laboratory of democracy.” The term “laboratories of democracy” was actually coined by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1932. However, in Democracy in America, de Tocqueville does imply that America is a laboratory for democracy, although he doesn’t use that phrase.

The population of Spain is actually just under 47 million, even less than the 70 million Keith guesstimates.


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