(2011-12-21) Phillips Constitution Cafe
Christopher Phillips has a new Constitution Cafe book (ISBN:0393064808) out. What if, in order to really appreciate what a democratic Constitution is all about, and how it can make or break a democracy over the long haul, we have to take part in the process of 'constitution creation'? What if we engaged in a 'constitutional thought experiment'? What if we held a 'new' Constitutional Convention of sorts, and acted as if we were the Framers? Using existing constitutional articles as the starting point, would we come to a more profound understanding of and appreciation for the amazing document created by our Framers -- even or especially if we decided to redo the articles? Would we be able to practice imaginative reasonableness, careful listening and equal recognition as we scrutinize a wide variety of proposals, inviting compelling objections and alternatives? Would we be able to reach creative compromise and consensus or even achieve a higher ground?
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