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Federalist Project 20

“Madison & the Origins of Originalism” and Federalist 84 – 85 As if anticipating contemporary woes about the likelihood of major policy shifts emerging from the legislative process, Madison made this prescient remark: “All new laws, though penned with the greatest … Continue reading

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Federalist Project 19

“Rights” and Federalist 81 – 83 As we’ve seen before, Rakove profitably draws on period critics – the Anti-Federalist writers – to underscore salient points in the Founders’ treatment of rights, especially as political pressure mounted to draft a “Bill … Continue reading

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Federalist Project 18

“Rights” and Federalist 78 – 80 In his penultimate chapter “Rights,” Rakove’s study of “original meanings” looks into the underpinnings of American understandings of “rights.” Citing the work of other historians and theorists, Rakove’s depicts the American preoccupation with rights … Continue reading

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Federalist Project 17

“Creating the Presidency” and Federalist 75 – 77 Rakove continues his discussion of the origins of the presidency with some more very prescient worries voiced by the Anti-Federalists, many of which speak to present-day shortcomings in our political system. One … Continue reading

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Federalist Project 16

“Creating the Presidency” and Federalist 71 – 74 In the heyday of what many call the “imperial presidency,” it is illuminating and perplexing to go back to the original debates surrounding the establishment of the chief executive and how limited … Continue reading

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Federalist Project 15

“The Mirror of Representation” and Federalist 68 – 70 The final portion of Rakove’s chapter on representation confronts a number of issues handily relevant to contemporary tensions in American political culture. Through the voice of the “Federal Farmer,” a moderate … Continue reading

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Interview with Gulam Parvi

Three Cups of Tea captured readers with its story of perseverance and self-sacrifice overcoming great odds in building schools in rugged mountain territory that most Americans would strain to locate on a map. The man at the center of the … Continue reading

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