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by | Oct 9, 2022

The original public meaning of the text of the Constitution is front and center these days, with Supreme Court majority and dissenting opinions alike invoking and debating that litmus test. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the justices will have the opportunity…

by | Jul 27, 2022

In the hubbub over the Dobbs case overruling Roe v. Wade, many have overlooked the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA. The case was part of a larger project by legal theorists on the right to cut back…

by | Oct 16, 2021

The great 17th century constitutionalist John Selden was not a man of the cloth but he was convinced that religion served as the basis of societal order. Unlike his contemporary Thomas Hobbes, who famously believed that the natural order was…

by | Aug 8, 2021

While militant ideologies can appear as a source of stark clarity in an often-muddled world, their excesses only serve to erode the tradition of liberty. Amid historical instability, people often sought the simple security of absolutes. Thomas Hobbes insisted that…

by | Jul 25, 2020

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” sang Joni Mitchell many a decade ago. It’s a very old theme. We are barely two chapters into Genesis when the harmony and union of the Beginning is a thing of…

by | Apr 4, 2020

England in the 1640s was shaking apart along many fault lines. The royalists, known as the Cavaliers, fought with King Charles in his deadly struggle with Parliament. The supporters of Parliament’s supremacy fought with ever-increasing ferocity for their rights and…

by | Jan 8, 2020

Dissenting in the case of Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co. (2009), the late Justice Antonin Scalia (1936–2016) wrote, A Talmudic maxim instructs with respect to the Scripture: “Turn it over, and turn it over, for all is therein.”…

by | Dec 7, 2019

The impeachment proceedings give us evidence once again of the genius of the Framers of the American Constitution and of the English constitutionalists whose thought they embraced and developed. Constitutionalism is the alternative to basing government on a master idea….

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