Republicanism, Federalism and Democratic Socialism Discussion

Bill of RightsIs American Federalism being replaced by Democratic Socialism?   The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution of the United States to reconcile the liberty-power dialectic. This difference of ideas was argued by the federalists and the ant-federalists before the ratification of the constitution. After the constitution was ratified, the issues of personal liberty and federal power resurfaced as a power struggle between the Jeffersonian Republicans and the Hamiltonian Federalists. The present day over-sized and over centralized federal government includes more and more policies associated with progressive social justice issues. The federalist side of the dialectic is beginning to look more like democratic socialism as wealth redistribution becomes more intertwined into federal policy. Continue reading