Essays


  • 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 …
  • Your Opponents Aren’t Nihilists
    Randal Hendrickson is a political theorist and host of PODOPTICON, a politics, history, and culture podcast. Aside from Wendy Syfret’s lonely voice, we tend not to call ourselves “nihilists.” It is something we call our opponents, as Max Boot does here. “Nihilist” …
  • Principled Consistency: The First Casualty of Roe
    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. There are no winners in the cultural and political eruption …
  • Birds Flock Together: The Need for Intellectual Diversity in Institutions of Knowledge
    This is the third in a series of essays about Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Constitution of Knowledge. His series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom. Steven Teles is Professor of Political Science at …
  • Reconstituting Our Institutions of Knowledge
    This is the second 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. Adam J. White is a senior fellow at …
  • Constituting Knowledge in Academia
    This is the first in a series of essays about Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Constitution of Knowledge. His series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom. Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell …
  • It’s the Institutions, Stupid: The Constitution of Knowledge
    This is the first in a series of essays about Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Constitution of Knowledge. His series is sponsored by Claremont McKenna’s Salvatori Center for the Study ofIndividual Freedom. Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings …

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