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How progressives rewrote the Constitution

Author: Richard Allen Epstein
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this new book, Richard Epstein shows how Progressives saw in constitutional interpretation an opportunity to advance their political agenda. They transformed a Constitution that showed at every turn the influence of John Locke and James Madison into one that reflected the ideas of the leading intellectuals of their own time. They did not understand the political theory of the document. As a result, they rewrote,
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Allen Epstein
ISBN: 9781933995069 1933995068 1930865872 9781930865877
OCLC Number: 62493576
Description: xiii, 156 p. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The classical liberal synthesis --
The post-progressive era --
The post-progressive period --
Progressivism today.
Responsibility: Richard A. Epstein.

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"In this new book, Richard Epstein shows how Progressives saw in constitutional interpretation an opportunity to advance their political agenda. They transformed a Constitution that showed at every turn the influence of John Locke and James Madison into one that reflected the ideas of the leading intellectuals of their own time. They did not understand the political theory of the document. As a result, they rewrote, because they did not understand, key provisions of the constitutional text. As Epstein writes, the Progressives "were determined that their vision of the managed economy should take precedence in all areas of life.

Although they purported to have great sophistication on economic and social matters, their understanding of those matters was primitive, and their disdain for the evident signs of social improvement colored their vision of the success of the older order. In the end, they cannot hide behind any notion of judicial restraint or high-minded social virtue. The Progressives and their modern defenders have to live with the stark truth that the noblest innovations of the Progressive Era were its greatest failures."--BOOK JACKET.

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