Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People

Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People

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The Constitution of the United States begins with the words: "We the People." But from the earliest days of the American republic, there have been two competing notions of "the People," which lead to two very different visions of the Constitution.

Those who view "We the People" collectively think popular sovereignty resides in the people as a group, which leads them to favor a "democratic" constitution that allows the "will of the people" to be expressed by majority rule. In contrast, those who think popular sovereignty resides in the people as individuals contend that a "republican" constitution is needed to secure the pre-existing inalienable rights of "We the People," each and every one, against abuses by the majority.

In Our Republican Constitution, renowned legal scholar Randy E. Barnett tells the fascinating story of how this debate arose shortly after the Revolution, leading to the adoption of a new and innovative "republican" constitution; and how the struggle over slavery led to its completion by a newly formed Republican Party.

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ISBN-13: 9781515953746
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Sales rank: 1,208,094
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center and the director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, he has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern, and Harvard Law School.

Barry Abrams has narrated and produced audiobooks for a variety of publishers. Since 2012, he has also hosted and produced ESPN's In the Gate podcast. Based in Danbury, Connecticut, Barry engineers and calls live webcasts of his son's ice hockey games.

Table of Contents

Foreword George F. Will ix

Introduction: Triumph and Tragedy: How the Obamacare Case Was Won… and Lost 1

Part I Creating Our Republican Constitution

1 "To Secure These Rights": The Political Theory of the Declaration of Independence 31

2 Revising "Republicanism": Solving the Problem of Too Much Democracy 52

3 "We the People" as Individuals: Popular Sovereignty in the Constitution and Supreme Court 62

Part II Improving Our Republican Constitution

4 How Slavery Led to a More Republican Constitution: The New Republican Party and Its Amendments 85

5 Losing Our Republican Constitution: The Rise of Progressivism, Judicial Restraint, and the Living Constitution 113

Part III Preserving Our Republican Constitution

6 Why Federalism Matters: How Structure Secures the Liberties of the People 167

7 Protecting Rights by Limiting Federal Power: The Rise, Fall, and Partial Revival of Federalism 185

8 A Government of Men and Not of Laws: The Rise of the Executive-Administrative State 203

9 "Irrational and Arbitrary" Laws: The Need for Judicial Skepticism 222

Conclusion: Redeeming Our Republican Constitution 247

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 263

Index 285

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