Democracy at the Crossroads : Princes, Peasants, Poets and Presidents in the Struggle for (and against) the Rule of Law

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
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Some were warriors. Some were lawyers, some historians, some moved by an inner passion so great that they appeared to move against kingly power like moths to the flame, risking, and often giving, their lives. They wrote, cajoled, and sometimes cried out for all to hear that the law is above the king.This fascinating treatise examines how Western ideals of democracy have evolved and emerged through the ages and across continents. Craig S. Barnes shares the inspiring stories of a diverse group of men and women (whether they be leaders, poets, or peasants) who pioneered due process, habeas corpus, and the balance of powers. Exploring the premise that "democracy is not a given in social evolution," Barnes contrasts the heroic figures of history to those in recent administrations who he argues have ignored the precious nature of our inheritance and have placed democracy at risk. Democracy at the Crossroads is a stirring reminder of the fragility of our rule of law and the need for vigilant protection of our hard-won liberties.Craig S. Barnes began his career as a public interest lawyer dealing with women's rights and the environment. He was also active in politics and civil rights, running for Congress in Denver as a peace candidate in 1970. He is the author of Growing Up True and In Search of the Lost Feminine.

Author Biography

Craig S. Barnes has been involved in public policy and women's rights throughout his career, serving as a lawyer, running for Congress, writing for the Rocky Mountain News, and serving as an international negotiator. He is the author of Growing Up True and In Search of the Lost Feminine. Barnes lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit his website at www.craig-barnes.com.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologue: John Cooke Indicts His Majesty the Kingp. xix
A Pocket History of the Rule of Law
The Long Life of Lyingp. 1
The Short Life of an Honest Man in Romep. 5
The Miserable Life of a Peudal Kingp. 9
The Half-life of Feudalism and the Birth of Lawp. 19
Poets as Midwivesp. 27
The Cradle Centuryp. 39
A Rebel Even a King Would Savep. 51
Unparalleled Courage, Fraud, and Revolutionp. 57
The Birth of a Republicp. 73
Rebirth of the Feudal Mind in the United States
To Suspend the Law, Againp. 85
Special Courts, Againp. 101
War Privileges, Againp. 113
The Law of Nations Ignoredp. 123
While Congress Sleptp. 133
Today's Tug-of-Warp. 137
American Values Deeper than Capitalism, Deeper than Law
Beyond the Eternal Order of Lyingp. 149
Beyond pure Self-Interestp. 155
Beyond the Swordp. 167
Beyond the Easy Liep. 177
Beyond Briberyp. 185
An Age Ends
Finding Direction in a Time of Chaosp. 197
Democracy at the Crossroadsp. 207
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 233
About the Authorp. 243
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