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"There is That of God, In Every Man."

This is a Constitution in which we recognize that even the Pope can have weaknesses, even though eventually we may come around to believing that what everyone knows, isn't worth knowing. The strength of our present Constitution is that there is some of both traits -- that of God and that of the Devil-- in everyone, and periods of over-expecting either one will likely go too far. Unfortunately, we go from periods of believing the Pope can do no wrong, to periods when we believe a majority vote is the end of discussion. Generally speaking, we prefer the majority opinion, but experts are occasionally necessary. So this book is a story of how we got there, compared with absolutist regimes which resolutely prefer all one, or all the other.

Originally published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019; most-recently modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2019