What Is Constitutional Enlightenment? – Immediate Revolution (Natural Law) vs. Evolving Tradition (Historical Jurisprudence)

Posted: June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

More pertinent than ever.

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Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)
Democracy Now!
Jul 26, 2016


In law, as everywhere else, after Kant there were no longer easy, dogmatic answers, only debates on what ought to be.

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But say you’re not persuaded by Kantian notions of eternal ideals, transcendental categories, or infinite destiny; what’s the American version of constant self-correction, which might be to say “progress,” without the capital P? The answer may well be pragmatism.

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Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History:

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Comments
  1. Kayla Kingsley says:

    It’s almost disturbing how accurate some of the predictions made by Reich and Hedges are. Trump is corporate America personified. While I believe that capitalism can be for the best of the economy, that shouldn’t give the rich and powerful the advantage in a government system. Corporate America and a liberal democracy are not one and the same.

    • I’m definitely not a capitalist. I think that system has significant inherent flaws, especially in it current configuration. Still, I’d be relatively content if persons in charge today were simply willing to keep in place key regulations which, after tremendous effort and sacrifice, were put in place to counter uninhibited and shameless personal and corporate greed. Not much chance of that though. Every single person in the current administration was chosen precisely for their eagerness to roll back all reforms and take us back to the age of the robber barons. Times will be very hard for the vast majority of us in the future. I only hope the damage is not irreparable.

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