Featuring the author Randy E. Barnett, Director, Georgetown Center for the Constitution, Georgetown University Law Center; with comments by Robert V. Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law; moderated by Roger Pilon, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.
The Constitution begins with the words “We the People.” But from
our earliest days there have been two competing notions of “the
People,” leading to two very different constitutional visions.
Those who view “We the People” collectively think popular
sovereignty resides in the people as a group, which leads them to
favor a democratic constitution that allows the will of the people
to be expressed by majority rule. In contrast, those who think
popular sovereignty resides in the people as individuals contend
that a republican constitution is needed to secure the preexisting
inalienable rights of “We the People,” each and every one, against
abuses by the majority. In his latest book, with a foreword by
George Will, Randy Barnett explains why “We the People” would
greatly benefit from the renewal of our republican Constitution,
and how this can be accomplished in the courts and the political
arena. Please join us for a discussion of this important new book.