Federalism & Separation of Powers
- Congressional-Executive Powers
- Role of the Courts
- Scholarship and Academic Affairs
|Originalism and the Good Constitution|
|Can the South Carolina Legislature Pass a Law to “Nullify” Obamacare?|
|The Conscience of the Constitution - Podcast|
Is liberty or democracy the primary constitutional value? At a time when Americans are increasingly facing violations of their civil liberties, Timothy Sandefur's insightful new book explains why the Declaration of Independence, with its doctrines on the primacy of liberty, the natural rights of man, and the limits on legitimate government, should serve as the guidepost for understanding the Constitution. The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty argues that modern legal doctrines, which value democracy over liberty, are endangering individual rights and corrupting our civic institutions. Mr. Sandefur discussed his new book followed by commentary from Mr. Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice.
|Democracy & Political Ignorance - Event Video|
Many people would agree that political ignorance is rampant within America today. But what exactly is political ignorance? The average person does not make particularly well informed decisions at the voting booths, if they cast their vote at all. Many say this is because they believe their vote is unlikely to actually make a difference in any given election. Therefore, the reasoning goes, investing time into becoming more politically informed is not worth it. In his new book, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, Prof. Ilya Somin proposes a unique solution to the problem of pandemic political ignorance: limit the size and scope of government and return more power to the states. Somin argues that, while people may lack the incentives to make informed decisions when they cast their vote, they do have incentives to gain useful knowledge about what transactions to make in a market economy and which state or local governments they prefer to live beneath.
Join the Federalist Society's Faculty Division, the Georgetown Federalist Society, and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution for a discussion of the nature of political ignorance and how to solve the problems it causes.
Georgetown University Law Center
|Who Determines an Agency's Power? - Event Audio/Video|
Panel 2: Who Determines an Agency's Power?
Warwick New York Hotel