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04/29/2015

Justice Alito Reviews the Paulsens' "The Constitution: An Introduction"
Andrew Hyman

Here (from the Federalist Society's Engage magazine) is Justice Alito's book review of The Constitution: An Introduction by Michael Stokes Paulsen and Luke Paulsen.  From the conclusion:

The Paulsens’ book fairly presents both sides on major interpretive issues, but they do not hide their own point of view.  They favor a form of originalism and judicial restraint.  They are decidedly Hamiltonian in their view of national and presidential power, but at the same time they support a robust conception of the individual rights set out in the Bill of Rights and post-Civil War Amendments.  Substantive due process, which they trace back to Dred Scott, however, is another matter.

An appreciable percentage of those who read this impressive book are likely to disagree with the authors on at least some major points, and that is one of the book’s virtues.  It invites readers to become personally engaged in the discussion of the Constitution that began in the fall of 1787 when the citizens of the states debated ratification, and this process continues today.  The Paulsens’ book does not tell Americans what to think, but it provides invaluable help as they think for themselves.

(Via Scott Johnson at Powerline)