Read Renewing the American Constitutional Tradition, a new collection from the Hoover Institution Press

Monday, November 4, 2013
Renewing the American Constitutional Tradition
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Jen Navarette
Renewing the American Constitutional Tradition
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Jen Navarette

The Hoover Institution has recently released a new volume edited by Hoover’s Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow Peter Berkowitz entitled Renewing the American Constitutional Tradition. Published in honor of Tad Taube, the Koret Foundation’s Board of Directors’ president, the volume of seven essays explores the moral and political challenges the United States faces today, as illuminated by the values of the American Constitution. The essays are written through the lens of several disciplinary perspectives, including political philosophy, law, comparative politics, and anthropology, aim to acknowledge the important challenge of securing the rights of freedom and equality in the face of complex human natures and a rapidly changing modern society.

Subjects covered in the volume include a discussion on the understanding of self-government developed in The Federalist by Berkowitz; an explanation on the relationships between financial issues in the United States, such as debt and spending, and the Constitution, by Hoover senior fellow Michael McConnell; an argument on how the growth of government has negatively impacted economic liberty by Hoover’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow Richard Epstein; an exploration of the role of judges by Harvard professor Mary Ann Glendon; a philosophical debate on the US promotion of democracy abroad by Hoover senior fellow Larry Diamond, accompanied by a historical essay on US democratization efforts by the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s senior fellow Stanley Kurtz; and finally an analysis of the intersection of religion, politics, and modernity through the frameworks proposed by James Madison and Alexis de Tocqueville by journalist George Will.

Read the volume from Scribd, or download the pdf.