Gutzman: James Madison’s Constitution lies sleeping, but we can awaken it

September 28, 2013 by History in a Hurry

Do We Need a New Constitutional Convention?

The Liberty Amendments, Mark R. Levin, Threshold Editions, 257 pages

By KEVIN R.C. GUTZMAN • September 27, 2013

In 2007, my book The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution was a New York Times bestseller. Happily, many people were interested in a Jeffersonian alternative to the Hamiltonian version of American constitutional history peddled by virtually every historian and legal academic, and thus judge and lawyer, writing about the topic.

Unhappily, however, many people responded to the book by saying, “Of course we know that liberal judges act that way.” In response, Tom Woods and I wrote 2008’s Who Killed the Constitution?, the theme of which is that it’s not only liberals and it’s not only judges.  That book was an bestseller. The most common question it evoked was, “What can we do about this?”

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