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American Forum - Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance

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J Harvie Wilkinson
April 16, 2012
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)

J Harvie Wilkinson
J Harvie Wilkinson

American constitutional law has undergone a transformation. Issues once left to the people have increasingly become the province of the courts. Subjects as diverse as abortion rights and firearms regulations, health care reform and counterterrorism efforts, not to mention a millennial presidential election, are more and more the domain of judges. What sparked this development? In this engaging volume, Judge J. HARVIE WILKINSON argues that America's most brilliant legal minds have launched a set of cosmic constitutional theories that, for all their value, are undermining self-governance.  Judge Wilkinson calls for a plainer, simpler, self-disciplined commitment to judicial restraint and democratic governance.  A book signing will follow his Forum.

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