Essays


  • Greg Weiner’s This-Old-House Theory of Constitutional Obligation
    Sotirios Barber is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Now’s hardly the time for what Brian Christopher Jones calls “constitutional idolatry” (Constitutional Idolatry and Democracy (2020)). America needs the virtues of the American founding, especially the …
  • The Forgotten Constitutionalist
    Susan McWilliams Barndt is chair and professor of politics at Pomona College. She is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. John Dickinson is probably the most important American founder you’ve never heard of, or never thought much about.  Dickinson has faded …
  • John Eastman’s Big Lie
    George Thomas is the Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions and Director of the Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Thomas is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. John Eastman was the architect of former President Trump’s plan to get …
  • Justice Gorsuch is Right–We should Rethink “New York Times v. Sullivan”
    George Thomas is the Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions and Director of the Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Thomas is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. Dissenting from a Supreme Court order that declined to take up a …
  • What Do We owe the Founders
    Greg Weiner is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Assumption University. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a regular contributor for The Constitutionalist. On September 16, on the eve of Constitution Day, McSweeney’s …
  • In Praise of Eclecticism and Viewpoint Diversity
    This is the fourth in a series of essays about Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Constitution of Knowledge. This series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom. Aurelian Craiutu is Professor of Political Science at …
  • The Civic Constitution
    Jeffrey K. Tulis is Professor of Government and Professor of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. This essay celebrates Constitution Day through discussion. Robert Carlyle Byrd from West Virginia was …

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