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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 5, 2000

Robert J. Phillips
Pages 111-120

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.