I was listening to another podcast by Russ Roberts in which the guest made a very interesting point. I’ll put his point in the form of a quiz question: what country’s government has survived without a regime change caused by violence longer than any other?
Answer below the fold.
The United States of America.
I haven’t independently verified the guest’s claim, but I can’t think of an example offhand that proves him wrong.
If he is correct, our country’s incredibly stable government must be a result of the checks and balances that our founding fathers so wisely created as the foundation of our system.
Now, we have a president who is unilaterally rewriting laws and taking other illegal actions that upset the careful balance instituted by our founders. The stakes are far are far higher than the future of Obamacare and the so-called “right” to health insurance. The future of our country is at risk.
Some cheerful thoughts for you this afternoon.
UPDATE: Several commenters offer alternative answers in the comments, but many of those are refuted by other commenters. The consensus opposition answer is the United Kingdom. But, while I am happy to be corrected on this point if shown wrong, doesn’t the United Kingdom date back to merely 1801?
UPDATE x2: D’oh! I said “Great Britain” when I meant the United Kingdom. Thanks to Milhouse for correcting me.