posted by Alvin on .
Why should a political system be unitary, federal, or confederal? If the U.S. were to have another constitutional convention, would we keep a federal system or change it?
Your first question: I am not so certain in my mind it matters in the long run. Any system can be effective, or a disaster, it depends on the collective psyche of those governed, and the leadership, whether the system will work or not. Our own system has undergone a great morpth since John Adams.
Second question: I doubt if it would stay the same. Our world of rapid communications and fanatics, at any one time one group or the other can gain a temporary upperhand. Lord only knows what would happen. I still remember the recent campaign slogans of the libertarians in the last presidential election. They stand mainly against everything since John Paul Jones was a midshipman...and look to John Locke as their spiritual leader. So I don't think anyone can predict what you happen, that is one of the safeguards against anyone daring calling a constitutional convention for any "limited" purpose.