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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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  • How Pre-Revolution Pamphlets Help Show that a Key “Progressive” Constitutional Theory Is Wrong0

    • June 12, 2011

    Writers on the Constitution frequently overlook valuable aids to interpreting the document. I previously have mentioned the example of eighteenth-century law books. Also largely neglected are the pre-Revolutionary pamphlets written by Americans defending their colonies against British overreaching. (For an article on constitutional sources, click here.) These pamphlets were composed from 1763 until the outbreak

  • Obamacare is NOT “necessary and proper”0

    • June 5, 2011

    The Independence Institute has filed amicus briefs in two of the anti-Obamacare cases.  The briefs focus specifically on the Necessary and Proper Clause (I-8-18), which the Obama administration inaccurately claims justifies federal control of health care. The briefs survey the original meaning of the Necessary and Proper Clause, based on my research and that of

  • Yes, you can vote on taxes and laws in a republic!0

    • May 27, 2011

    Despite what you may have heard, allowing people to vote on taxes and other laws is completely consistent with the “republican form of government.” There is an old, and bogus, claim that to the contrary: that the U.S. Constitution requires states to lock citizens out from direct lawmaking.  The argument is that only a system

  • GOP blocks Liu from federal judgeship0

    • May 22, 2011

    There has been much attention recently on the Republican decision to block President Obama’s nomination of law professor Goodwin Liu for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Attention is focused on his allegedly out-of-the-mainstream legal views. But to this ex-law professor, Liu doesn’t look that unusual.  He looks like just another

  • Does the Necessary and Proper Clause Grant “Broad Authority” to Congress? Actually, None at All0

    • May 18, 2011

    Probably no part of the Constitution has been so misunderstood as the Necessary and Proper Clause, which is located at Article I, Section 8, Clause 18.  The Necessary and Proper Clause has been called both an “elastic clause” and a “sweeping clause,” and many have claimed it grants vast power to Congress.  For example, a

  • What about Interstate Compacts? A frank look at the problems0

    • May 12, 2011

    In recent months, there has been interest in states forming compacts with each other to opt out of ObamaCare or other federal programs.  The idea is that because such compacts have the effect of federal law, they will supersede earlier federal laws (such as ObamaCare). The strategy is apparently being driven by one or more


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Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence
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