Category Archives: Bill of Rights

That fantasy about the Second Amendment

I keep seeing these fairy tales about the origins of the Second Amendment — that its purpose was to guard against the tyranny of the government by enshrining an individual’s right to own a gun. The Constitution was ratified in reaction to … Continue reading

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Bert Neuborne and ‘Madison’s Music’

Have you considered why the First Amendment is structured the way it is, or how the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights came to be so ordered? Me neither, until I read Bert Neuborne’s new book, Madison’s Music: On … Continue reading

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What’s next: equal rights after Indiana

Last week we discovered how far we have come in recognizing the human rights of people who do not identify with sexual norms. As a matter of law, LGBT rights have been ping-ponging between federal and state legislatures and courts … Continue reading

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