After attending the conference, that wasn't the idea I came away with. Quite the opposite. My impression is that conference participants thought that there were American values "worth fighting for," and that maybe "we, the people" ought to start fighting for them once again.
One of Hannah Arendt's insights, made clear at the conference, was that the true objective of the American Constitution was not to limit power, but to create more power.
Power, in other words, is "good," and the people should have it.
When governments have the power, and the people don't, that's when we have problems.
And (look around) that's where we are today.
Empowering ordinary people to be in charge of everything that pertains to them: that's an American value (still) worth fighting for.
But we're going to have to fight.
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