Antifederalists

The Constitution Created an Expansive, not a Strictly Limited Federal Government

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The revolution of 1787-1791 overthrew a constitution that strictly limited the federal government in favor of one with general welfare and necessary and proper clauses that allowed the federal government to absorb state powers over time. It also tossed out

Natural Rights and the Limited Government Model of the Constitution: A Response to Patrick Garry

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There is much to commend Professor Garry’s essay. He is eminently correct in saying that the Constitution contemplated a limited government. Whether it adhered to a “limited government model” is a different issue.

What is more than curious, however,

Congress and Deliberation in the Age of Woodrow Wilson: An Elegy

Congress and Deliberation in the Age of Woodrow Wilson: An Elegy

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Are we all Wilsonians now?

Neoconservatives, it should be said in fairness, brought the 28th President’s ideology through the front door in the plain light of day in the form of a moralized and expeditionary foreign policy.  What

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We Are All Federalists, We Are All Antifederalists

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Gordon Lloyd persuades us to arm our resistance to bureaucratic, total government today by appealing to the Antifederalists of the founding era. “The constitutional impediments to the completion of the Progressive national democracy project actually rest on promoting the Antifederalist

The Constitutional Liberty of the Antifederalists

The Constitutional Liberty of the Antifederalists

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Your Anti-Federalists or My Antifederalists?

Let’s presume that we turn to the American Founding to seek advice in our contemporary conversation with the Neo Progressives and the Admnistrative State.  I suggest that we are better served by considering the advice

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Federalism, Congressionalism, and an Appeal For a Renewed Constitutional Morality

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Why are we still talking about federalism in 2012?  Wasn’t it mortally wounded with the passage of the 16th and the 17th Amendments?  At least, that is what I hear a lot of Conservatives moaning about.   Surprisingly, then,