Time Essay: The Commission: How to Create a Blue-Chip Consensus

TIME ESSAY THE COMMISSION HISTORY is rich in evidence that men would rather talk than act, and wise governments have furnished them with institutions to accommodate this inclination. The ancient Athenians devised the ecclesia, or popular assembly, which allowed all citizens to speak their thoughts without necessarily getting any action on them. The Senate of Imperial Rome was another forum where words loomed larger than deeds. In the U.S. of today, government has created a worthy successor to those institutions: the commission. In recent years, innumerable national...

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