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The Founders on Race and the Rational Basis of Natural Law: Reply to Peter Myers
June 4, 2018 Thomas G. West

For the founders, the social compact is based on equal consent on both sides. Existing citizens should consent to new citizens, just as new citizens should consent before being admitted to citizenship.

Author Meets Critics: Thomas G. West’s The Political Theory of the American Founding
June 4, 2018 S. Adam Seagrave

The parochialism implied by the title of West’s book and reflected in much of its content contrasts with the universality of the founders’ rhetoric and with the timelessly applicable ideas of natural rights and the natural law.

Author Meets Critics: Thomas G. West’s The Political Theory of the American Founding
June 4, 2018 Peter C. Myers

The great contribution of West’s book is to bolster the argument that the founders are a formidable group, not only in their political prudence but also in their claim to genuine moral and political wisdom.

Natural Rights in America Today, with a Defense of the Founders on Natural Law: Reply to Seagrave
June 4, 2018 Thomas G. West

Adam Seagrave’s review of my Political Theory of the American Founding contains both praise and criticism. I will respond here to four of his most important concerns.

Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire
May 7, 2018 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Jennifer Pitts about her recent book, Boundaries of the International: Law and Empire

The Election of 1940
April 30, 2018 John W. Jeffries

While the war in Europe played a significant role in the parties’ nominations for the presidential election of 1940, it had a relatively small part, and less than is usually understood, in voting.

Equal Recognition: the Moral Foundations of Minority Rights
April 23, 2018 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Alan Patten about his recent book, Equal Recognition: the Moral Foundations of Minority Rights

Defending Rorty: Author Interview with William Curtis
April 9, 2018 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with William Curtis about his new book, Defending Rorty: Pragmatism and Liberal Virtue

Congress in the Light of History
March 26, 2018 David R. Mayhew

What should we expect of a separation-of-powers regime interlaced with tough checks and balances? What should we expect of a legislature representing a heterogeneous public that seems to be growing more heterogeneous, not to mention more fractious, all the time? To think about these matters, it may pay to reach for historical perspective. ...

Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power: Unconstitutional Leanings
March 19, 2018 Louis Fisher

Starting with the Curtiss-Wright decision in 1936 and carrying forward to Zivotofsky v. Kerry in 2015, the Supreme Court has resorted to erroneous dicta and deference to promote independent executive power in external affairs. These judicial misconstructions have done severe damage to basic constitutional principles, including checks and balances and self-government.