separation of powers

Lessons from Weimar Part II

The previously mentioned bad elements of the post-WWII (West-)German political system were the weak presidency and the electoral threshold keeping small (and new) parties out and a very weak symbolic presidency. The president is not elected by popular vote and has little executive power. Executive power rests almost entirely in the government which relies on parliament (legislative power).

Will the Supreme Court survive? Or will the leak sink the ship?

If you have been reading any news this last few days, you’ll know that there was a draft opinion within the American Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs Wade, returning the matter of abortion to the states.
The most crucial news is that the draft was leaked. A revolutionary development in American history. Now a decision by the Supreme Court is being attacked before it is published. Judges are being pressured to change their stance.
As you would expect, President Biden spoke out against the leak, defended the independence of the Supreme Court and that it was wrong for politicians to involve themselves… no just kidding, he attacked the leaked decision. Separation of powers, what’s that? We even hear new talk of court packing.

The ‘ideal’ constitution

What is the ideal constitution? No actually, what is the least horrible constitution? The ‘best’ political system is an entirely different subject. Assuming the political system is a constitutional state, what should the constitution be?
In case people question why this article is listed amongst the philosophical articles, even though it analyses and compares an abstract political system, I would remind them that this constituted philosophy for Plato and Aristotle, so I am going to say that it counts as such.