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Signing_of_Constitution_Chandler_Christy_smThe Constitutional Studies Center combines careful, objective scholarship into the original understanding of the Constitution with advocacy for human freedom under law. It produces books, issue papers, articles, and legal briefs reporting the results of its research. Since 2010, the Center has had enormous influence on constitutional law cases and commentary, but also on policy makers and grass roots activists. For example, the Center’s research findings galvanized the massive and growing “Article V” movement to restore constitutional limits on the federal government.

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  • The Supreme Court’s Citizens United Corporate Campaign case Should Be Controversial—But Not for the Reason You Think0

    • September 30, 2012

    If you have any doubt about the ability of the political Left to set the agenda in this country, look at the controversy over the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United corporate campaign finance case. What most people have heard about the case is that it “allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts in federal elections,” a

  • Supreme Court has chance to end state university ethnic discrimination0

    • September 28, 2012

    By granting certiorari in Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court has a chance to correct one of the most obnoxious aspects of modern jurisprudence. By that I mean permission given to state universities—in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)—to use public resources to play racial and ethnic politics. I worked full time in public higher

  • Ignorance + Depravity –> Slavery + Ruin0

    • September 16, 2012

    “But still the people themselves must be the chief support of liberty. While the great body of the freeholders are acquainted with the duties which they owe to their God, to themselves, and to men, they will remain free. But if ignorance and depravity should prevail, they will inevitably lead to slavery and ruin.” —

  • The Anti-U.S. Origins of a Key Argument Against Letting the People Vote on Laws and Taxes0

    • September 2, 2012

    Opponents of popular government, such as those now challenging Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), argue that when a state allows the people to vote directly on laws or taxes it violates the U.S. Constitution’s mandate that every state have a “Republican Form of Government.” They claim their view comes from the American Founders. In

  • Neat Stuff We Learn About the Constitution When We Go Beyond The Federalist Papers0

    • August 26, 2012

    If you want to know more about the Constitution, don’t rely exclusively—or even primarily—on the Federalist Papers. For a good illustration of what other authors can teach us, read on. During the 1787-90 ratification debates over the Constitution, much more than The Federalist was written to illustrate the document’s meaning. True, The Federalist is among

  • Constitutional Arcana: The Forgotten Navigation Convention of 17860

    • August 19, 2012

    In an earlier post, I reported that the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was far from unique: that during the lifetime of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) nearly 20 inter-colonial and interstate conventions met. Some were attended by as few as three colonies or states; others by as many as 12. These multi-governmental conventions were held in Philadelphia


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Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence
Email: rob.natelson1@gmail.com
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 114