The Emersonian President

George Will reviews John Patrick Diggins' new book, Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History in today's He suggests, as does Diggins, that Republicans must move beyond Reagan "nostalgia" and focus on a more traditional Madisonian model as a basis for their political philosophy.

Just as the Democrats need to move beyond the Rooseveltian construct of their own party, Republicans need to move beyond Reagan. Ten years from now many things will be unrecognizable even by today's standards. Technological singularity may be only forty years away, or maybe less. Only by focusing on the timeless concepts of Madison can we construct a modern political philosophy to deal with change in hyperspeed.