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Archive of posts published in the tag: Constituion

Will Liberty Control Factions ?

from Roger Kimball at The Wall Street Journal. Since Men Aren’t Angels: Madison, Hamilton and other supporters of the Constitution worried about the potential incursions of federal power just as much as did the anti-Federalists, who opposed adopting the Constitution…

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The Essence of Restraint

From National Affairs George Will writes The Limits of Majority Rule. : an excerpt: If the sole, or overriding, goal of the Constitution can be reduced to establishing democracy, and if the distilled essence of democracy is that majorities shall rule in…

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The Conscience of the Constitution

From National Affairs George Will writes The Limits of Majority Rule.  I strongly recommend you read the entire essay. an excerpt: Another reason many conservatives favor judicial deference and restraint is what can be called the conservative populist temptation. Conservatives are hardly…

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A Stronger System

From Glenn Harlan Reynolds in USA Today, How to make the U.S. collapse-proof In Tainter’s characterization, as a society gets older, it accumulates more and more complexity — essentially, onion-like layers of institutions, rules and regulations that offer short term benefits at…

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Judicial Supervision of Democracy

from George Will at National Review, A Jurist of Colossal Consequence: Democracy’s drama derives from the tension between the natural rights of individuals and the constructed right of the majority to have its way. Natural rights are affirmed by the…

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Nine Unelected Lawyers

from the WSJ Justice Scalia Writes: “The virtue of a democratic system with a First Amendment is that it readily enables the people, over time, to be persuaded that what they took for granted is not so, and to change…

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Circumventing Congress

from Charles C.W. Cooke in The National Review, Our Presidents Are Beginning to Act Like Kings Most important of all, why are we not up in arms when the president openly abuses his position as the head of the bureaucracy in…

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Prerogative Lawmaking

from Charles C.W. Cooke in The National Review, Our Presidents Are Beginning to Act Like Kings The Constitution of the United States, Hamburger contends, represented a conscious attempt to banish from this country’s political structure a host of the insidious tools…

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The Value of a Longer Term Perspective

Thomas Sargent gives an interesting perspective in An American History Lesson for Europe, in the Wall Street Journal 2/3/12. Excerpt: To finance canals and railroads, many state governments incurred large debts in the 1820s and 1830s. A financial crisis in…

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The Difference Between Rights and Markets

When the Constitution was written and adopted it carefully balanced the need for a strong central government with the need to restrict the power of the central government.  It’s genius is in striking that balance. Rights were addressed in the…

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