Advance PR: New Book

So I have a new book(let) out. It’s called The Constitution: Understanding America’s Founding Document (American Enterprise Institute/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).  I wouldn’t hold it out as a scholarly accomplishment; it’s not meant to be. The book is part of AEI’s well-conceived Values & Capitalism Project, which (among other things) publishes short, understandable books, targeted primarily at an audience of college students, that address matters of public concern—economics, social policy, American history and exceptionalism, etc. The Project has produced several terrific books. (My personal favorite is Alex Pollock’s Boom and Bust, containing much wisdom and insight on financial cycles.) Now this.

Predictably, The Constitution riffs on some of the themes of The Upside Down Constitution. On that account, my beloved daughter (a college senior who kindly reviewed the manuscript for suitability) suggested “Dad for Dummies” as a title, along with a yellow cover. But that’s not quite fair. Flipping through the text now, it actually strikes me as quite demanding, at least for folks who don’t live and breathe ConLaw.  Plus, given its overview-ish purpose, the booklet covers additional topics, from judicial review to slavery to the administrative state.

Over the comings weeks, AEI will put its considerable marketing muscle and prowess behind the product. (There’ll even be an animated video.) Still, I’m doing my small part. Get The Constitution from Amazon or AEI, and take a look: it might be useful to students entrusted to your care and instruction.

Assuming, without adequate foundation, that you trust the author.

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on April 24, 2013 at 05:01:00 am

The U.S. Constitution is a flawed document filled with loopholes that over the years has been used and exploited, by statists, to grow the leviathan state to the point where even the founders that were Federalists would shrink back in horror. It turns out that 225 years ago the Anti-Federalists were correct on their assumptions of an out of control central government.Even within the context of the present Constitution much of what the Federal Government does today is,in itself,blatantly unconstitutional. It would have been better off for America,in the long run, if the original Articles of Confederation were retained,albeit with modifications to accommodate that document to a limited central government. A good template would be the Swiss Canton system. With that said,I don't see any effective national movement on the horizon that would replace the Constitution with a libertarian type document. For all its flaws the U.S. Constitution is here to stay with its best provisions to be marginalized or ignored by the Political Class. The only hope for Libertarians is to educate people with the hope of obtaining control of the organs of power to reform leviathan and leviathan's constitution. This is definitely a daunting task that will take years to complete if at all. In the end I think it is too late to reverse the damage done to our civil and economic liberties. A pity.

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on November 05, 2017 at 00:39:37 am

Do you know if any discussion guide has been created for your book for classroom use?

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The Upside-Down Constitution

Many of my contributions to this blog will riff my forthcoming tome on the Constitution and its federalism, cleverly entitled The Upside-Down Constitution. The publisher’s (Harvard University Press) release date is February 15. However, you can already pre-order the book on Amazon.com. What exactly is “upside-down” about our Constitution? Keep reading to find out.