Martin Diamond and the American Idea of Democracy

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. "Martin Diamond and the American Idea of Democracy." Publius 8.3 (Summer 1978): 7-31.


This is an essay on the political writings of Martin Diamond, a friend and colleague cherished as much for his seriousness and intellect as for his warmth and wit. It is inspired by the belief that Diamond’s understanding of the American constitutional system penetrated deeply, revealing aspects and interrelations often missed; inspired also by the conviction, shared with Diamond, that the system is worth preserving, and that the threats to it are cumulatively more substantial than is usually appreciated.