Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Is federalism dead?

Robert Nagel argues that political and judicial revolutions have usurped the power of the states and thereby enervated local associational life. Although Kimberly Hendrickson agrees with much of Nagel’s argument about the implosion of federalism, she lauds the emergence of a “moral federalism” through plebiscitary democracy on issues ranging from abortion to euthanasia to affirmative action to medical marijuana to homosexual marriage.

Is federalism dead? If so, should we mourn or celebrate its demise? Is the rise of moral federalism a sign of life for American democracy or a threat to individual rights?

Please read short articles by Nagel and Hendrickson. Click on link below for Hendrickson article. You may pick up copy of Nagel article in Govt Dept. office.