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Old 12-05-2017, 16:08   #1
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The Constitution of the United States of America

One of the pointed discussion here has been the malleable constitution. That said, for those interested, it might make for an interesting point of departure if a few of us were to enroll in this free course, especially so, considering the source material and the professors possible proclivity.

America's Unwritten Constitution
https://www.coursera.org/learn/unwritten-constitution
https://www.coursera.org/instructor/akhilamar
https://fedsoc.org/
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:14   #2
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Guy sounds like a Muj. Anyone endorsed by the American Bar Association is hard-core leftist.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:23   #3
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Edit: danged "controlled-pair." Sorry -
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Old 12-06-2017, 16:44   #4
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Maybe try the online course at Hillsdale College here. Also, a required core course in residence at this school, regardless of major.

Online reading list here (their companion reader available free)

Hillsdale has it going on.

Disclaimer: Personally acquainted with one of their Sr. Econ profs who emigrated with his Dad here from former Yugoslavia and takes great delight in discussing the abject failure of socialism with his students.
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:34   #5
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I read an opinion piece somewhere this week where the author opined that the country would have been better off sticking with the "Articles of Confederation" rather than ratifying the Constitution.

I'm not familiar with the Articles of Confederation and will have to do some reading.
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Old 12-07-2017, 13:34   #6
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I read an opinion piece somewhere this week where the author opined that the country would have been better off sticking with the "Articles of Confederation" rather than ratifying the Constitution.

I'm not familiar with the Articles of Confederation and will have to do some reading.
If you're interested in putting a worthwhile reference on your shelf that can be passed down, try this. Pretty good discussion of the shortcomings of the original Articles of Confederation, as well as the rationale (good, bad, ugly, got uglier) of what came to be our Constitution. It names names so the next time someone just throws a blanket "Oh, yeah, I'm a devout Federalist baby, oo-RAH!" you'll understand where their brain cells are sitting, and that perhaps some of the revered founders may need to have the bubble around them cracked a bit.

It's well annotated and broken up sufficiently that it makes a good nightstand thing you can consume in chunks.
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Ouch...

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....tool and techniques for constitutional interpretation....
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This module teaches the interpretive technique of reading between the lines. This involves extracting, from the text, things that are implicit, but not expressly stated.
Sounds like a Living Document course.
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