Beyond Camelot: Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern by Edward L. Rubin

By Edward L. Rubin

This e-book argues that the various easy innovations that we use to explain and research our governmental approach are outdated. constructed largely through the center a long time, they fail to confront the executive personality of contemporary govt. those thoughts, which come with energy, discretion, democracy, legitimacy, legislation, rights, and estate, undergo the indelible imprint of this bygone era's attitudes, and Arthurian fantasies, approximately governance. for that reason, they fail to supply us with the instruments we have to comprehend, critique, and increase the govt we really own. past Camelot explains the factors and personality of this failure, after which proposes a brand new conceptual framework, drawn from administration technological know-how and engineering, which describes our administrative executive extra appropriately, and identifies its weaknesses rather than basically bemoaning its modernity. This book's proposed framework envisions govt as a community of hooked up devices which are approved by way of greater devices and that supervise subordinate ones. rather than utilizing inherited, emotion-laden techniques like democracy and legitimacy to explain the connection among those devices and personal electorate, it directs consciousness to the actual interactions among those devices and the citizenry, and to the mechanisms in which govt obtains its voters' compliance. rather than talking approximately legislation and criminal rights, it proposes that we tackle the best way that the trendy nation formulates coverage and secures its implementation. rather than perpetuating outmoded rules that we now not particularly think in regards to the sanctity of non-public estate, it means that we specialise in the way in which that assets are allotted to be able to determine markets as our technique of legislation. hugely readable, past Camelot deals an insightful and provocative dialogue of ways we needs to rework our knowing of presidency to maintain velocity with the transformation that executive itself has passed through.

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The point of all this is not to level harsh judgments at a man who was both a pathbreaking scholar and an admirable individual, but to illuminate the dangers of political imagery, dangers that we can more readily discern with an image that is no longer our own. From our current vantage point, we can see that the human body metaphor fits poorly with the society it was intended to describe; we can hear the grinding of its conceptual gears. The problem is not that it was a committed description—all descriptions are—but that the commitments that animated it were partially antiquarian and partially clandestine.

Consequently, we can ex- 36 CHAPTER 1 press our moral values more clearly, and implement them more effectively, if we conduct the thought experiment of setting aside the pre-modern concepts that we currently employ, and replace them with more contemporary alternatives. It can thus be said that the purpose of this book is moral as well as descriptive, but, in fact, these two purposes are inextricably connected. From the descriptive point of view, the concepts we have inherited from the sacerdotal state fail to describe our current moral attitudes, just as they fail to describe our government itself.

The Dauphin would live there, together with young nobles who had graduated from specially organized schools and wore gold rings betokening their status. 161 One expects such elaborate, overheated fantasies from socialists like Fourier or Owen, but to find a Catholic conservative proposing rituals as radically new as Robespierre’s Cult of the Supreme Being indicates how fully the defense of tradition had been reconceptualized. There remains the case of the United States, which will be of central concern in this study.

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