Living Originalism by Jack M. Balkin

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Originalism and living constitutionalism, often seen as opposing views, are not in conflict. So argues Jack Balkin, a leading constitutional scholar, in this long-awaited book. Step by step, Balkin shows how both liberals and conservatives play important roles in constitutional construction, and offers a way past the angry polemics of our era.

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Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, where he is also director of the Information Society Project. He lectures widely at universities in America and abroad, and he makes his home in New Haven, Connecticut.
Published November 29, 2011 by Harvard University Press. 480 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The central tension in American constitutional law for decades has been between originalists and advocates of a "living Constitution." Originalists say the meaning of the Constitution does not change over time - and in order to figure out what the Constitution means, judges and other interpreters...

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But I think, properly understood, the phrase is very appropriate - the purpose of the Constitution lives and grows - and the original PURPOSES are essential to that growth - by understanding the WHY the Framers wrote what they wrote and serving the original PURPOSE by transposing that purpose upo...

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Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education".

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We have a president - a Democrat, and a constitutional scholar - who is by most reasonable accounts worse than his predecessor on civil liberties, due process, and individual freedoms (areas where our constitution is supposed to excel).

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The weekend before May Day, I was at a conference at the Yale Law School (segments viewable here) on Jack Balkin's book Living Originalism (which I wrote about here).

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