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Restoring the Lost ConstitutionThe Presumption of Liberty$
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Randy E. Barnett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159737

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159737.001.0001

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What I Have Learned Since the First Edition

What I Have Learned Since the First Edition

(p.361) Afterword What I Have Learned Since the First Edition
Restoring the Lost Constitution

Randy E. Barnett

Princeton University Press

In this afterword, the author reflects on the lessons that he has learned since the publication of the book's first edition in 2004 from the realms of both constitutional scholarship and constitutional law. He highlights some areas where his thinking has developed since the book's original publication in ways that should be of interest to readers. These include individual popular sovereignty and presumed consent, whether the Constitution protected economic liberty, how judges can protect the rights retained by the people without identifying them, the empirical nature of the new originalism, the gravitational force of originalism, and the so-called “Constitution in Exile movement.” The author concludes by rejecting the notion that this book offers a “libertarian” interpretation of the Constitution.

Keywords:   constitutional scholarship, constitutional law, popular sovereignty, presumed consent, U.S. Constitution, economic liberty, judges, rights, originalism, Constitution in Exile movement

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