Volume 5, 2000
Robert J. Phillips
What Is the State of the American Regime: A Response
The three papers interpret the American regime in different ways. Stack thinks that the American regime is the best of available alternatives, and may even
be fundamentally healthy. Shankman finds the regime presently in ill health, but suggests how a neglected thread of American political thought (natural law
jurisprudence) could help to restore its health. Holloway, while silent on the direct issue of the American regime, argues that modernity is deeply flawed and thus suggests that the American regime is systemically unhealthy. Phillips addresses these papers in tum.