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Irving Kristol claims that the American political system is productive because it incorporates many different facets of government such as democracy republicanism federalism capitalism and religion He also argues that America possesses a well-balanced medium between strength character and resilienceDaniel Lazare shows that the constitution does not represent the times or the people and is counter-productive He concludes that since the constitution is in such despair radical reform is not only wanted but also necessary Between Daniel Lazare and Irving Kristol the two main areas of disagreement are the productivity of the three branches of government and the methods that should be used to alter the constitution Kristol believes that the three branches of government are productive because they are made to consider the judgment of the people On the other hand Lazare claims that the three branches are counter productive because each branch has equal weight If one branch moves in one direction another branch can move in the opposite direction and nothing will be resolved or achieved The second main disagreement is revision of the constitution Kristol says that the American tradition is the best alternative and we should work within the tradition The best way to do that Kristol states is to amend and revitalize what we have already Lazare contends that the American people need to get rid of the constitutional restraints and rebuild our society entirely In each argument there are strengths and weaknesses In Irving Kristols argument he provides some good evidence in support of the constitution He points out that the constitution makes people think makes representatives debate and makes people reasonable He also emphasizes the lack of a centralized government and the importance of shared power To pass a law more than one branch of the government needs to accept the law preventing a form of dictatorship His main weakness is his support of the religious basis in government He claims that without religion the capitalist economic
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