Ed. William A. Schambra. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, 1992.
When Martin Diamond decided the time had come to collect his essays of some twenty years into a single volume, he selected as its title, As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit. That selection was the only piece of guidance he left for those whose task it became to finish the project after his sudden and tragic death in 1977. But, as Diamond would have insisted, it was guidance enough. He composed titles for his essays with the utmost care and deliberation well before he began writing them, because an essay’s title was, for him, its end or purpose—its reason for being written. And just as the end or purpose of a political institution, when fully elaborated, explains every facet of its behavior, so the title of a piece, he insisted, should suggest or imply its entire argument.
The essays in this volume, then, have been selected and arranged to elucidate the author’s carefully and deliberately chosen title. As Diamond foresaw, once we have explored the title’s meaning we do indeed have a glimpse of his full argument about the nature of the American political order.
Part One: Foundations: The Democratic Republic
Part Two: Decentralist Federalism and Republican Virtue
Part Three: The Horizon of Republican Liberty and the Natural Aristocracy
Part 4: “Enclaves of Excellence” and the Study of Politics
Part Five: Summary and Conclusion