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On Constitutional Disobedience

Louis Michael Seidman


What would the framers of the U.S. Constitution make of multinational corporations? Nuclear weapons? Gay marriage? They led a preindustrial country, much of it dependent on slave labor, huddled on the Atlantic seaboard. The Founders saw society as essentially hierarchical, led naturally by landed gentry like themselves. Yet their commands are still obeyed two centuries and one civil war later. According to this book, it is time to stop. The book argues that, in order to bring U.S. basic law up to date, it needs benign neglect. This is a highly controversial assertion. The doctrine of “original ... More

Keywords: Constitution, U.S. basic law, original intent, Philadelphia convention, living Constitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199898275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Michael Seidman, author
Professor of Law, Georgetown University