The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters

Conservative legal scholar Adam Freedman defends the doctrine of originalism against the “Living Constitution” which has been used by judges and politicians since the Progressive Era of the early 1900s to centralize power in Washington and to threaten individual freedom. The Naked Constitution explains the fundamental themes animating America’s founding charter: limited government, federalism, separation of powers, and individual liberty. Freedman explores the nature of each of the three branches of government as well as the key individual rights enshrined in the Constitution to show how original meaning can help answer the most pressing questions facing America today: Can the president invade another country without the approval of Congress? Can the federal government coerce states to adopt particular policies, or force individuals to buy insurance? Ultimately, Freedman calls for a new constitutional convention that will free the nation from capricious courts and idiosyncratic judges, and limit the growth of government for decades to come.

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