Can Democratic Ideals Survive in the Administrative State?

During the Covid crisis, the assertion of sweeping new government powers should force Americans to confront a disturbing trend: With increasing frequency, the political decisions that affect our lives most dramatically are made not by the people, nor by their elected representatives, but by unelected bureaucrats. How can the rise of the administrative state be reconciled with the Founders’ vision of a government of the people? How can sweeping executive orders be justified in “a government of laws, not of men?” And if the trend toward bureaucratic control undermines our form of government, how can it be reversed?

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