American Federalism: A New Partnership for the Republic

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Voluntarism and
Partnership

MICHAEL S. JOYCE

Private initiative and the welfare state. The effects of centralism. Federalism and self-government. Faceless charitable organizations. The public-private partnership: corporate responsibility.

Someone once remarked that although Americans never invent new political ideas, they endlessly invent new applications for the old ones. There is much truth here, and much good in the phenomenon. A nation whose institutions have served it well is spared the necessity of inventing new ones. Its energies are thus freed for such other enterprises as settling a new continent, creating industries, curing disease, and exploring other planets. American society is restless and

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