May 21, 2012 5:26PM

Is Congress Doomed?

Maybe not. I have just published an essay at the Liberty Fund’s Liberty Forum on the fall and rise of Congress since 1960.

The essay takes off from James Burnham’s book of that year, Congress and the American Tradition. Burnham was what today would be called a paleo‐​conservative (despite having been a Trotskyite in the 1940s). He distrusted the executive branch and foresaw an imperial presidency more than a decade before that term became au courant. Burnham saw Congress as the center of the American way of governing and lamented its decline since 1932.

My essay drew responses from Herman Belz and John Marini.