Strauss and Howe eloquently depicted the social effects of population implosion on the arts generation in “the Fourth Turning”. I’ve studied business cycles and have lead corporate teams during periods of downturn. In marketing, this is known as “decline”. In Kondratieff Wave economics this downward trend is called “the fall”. Everything has a lifecycle, even governments.
So, we tend to want to call a total change in governing powers, a collapse of the seat of authority, one of these words. But, which one? It’s very simple, really. There is only one definition that fits: the fall.
When devising the Constitution in 1787, the Founding Fathers knew they needed a mechanism for further accountability, but was uncertain as to its eventual course. They had written into the Constitution a system of checks and balances with one primary gap: who governs the government? For, Article I, Section 5 says, “Each House (of Congress) may determine the Rules of its Proceedings”. This disciplining of itself became an invitation to corruption.
The Founding Fathers did not have a mechanism for holding Congress accountable beyond voting out individuals, self-discipline, and impeachment. John Adams spoke of this form of governan...