Featuring the author Damon Root, Senior Editor, Reason magazine and Reason.com; with comments by Jeffrey Rosen,Professor of Law, George Washington University, and President & CEO, National Constitution Center; and Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute, and Director, Cato Center for Constitutional Studies; moderated by Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.
What is the proper role of the Supreme Court under the
Constitution? Should the Court be “active” or “restrained”? Or is
that even the proper way to look at the question, however much
we’ve heard it put that way for several decades now? In his new
book, Damon Root traces this debate from the Constitution’s
conception to the present. His central focus, however, is on the
emergence of the modern libertarian approach, which cuts through
the often sterile debate between liberals and conservatives and
points to the Constitution itself by way of determining the proper
role of the Court under it. Please join us for a refreshing account
of this recent history.