WHY YOU SHOULD READ MY BOOK ANYHOW:
A REPLY TO TREVOR MORRISON
Randy E. Barnett
Boston University School of Law Working Paper 05-04
In his review of my book, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption
of Liberty, Tevor Morrison takes issue with (1) the relationship
I describe between constitutional legitimacy and constitutional method,
(2) my particular defense of originalism, (3) the operation of my proposed
construction of the Constitution—The Presumption of Liberty—and
(4) my interpretation of Lawrence v.Texas.
In this reply I defend the fact that I hold a conception of constitutional
liberty at partial variance from that of the Founders, the reasonableness
and limits of originalist interpretation, the conception of the police
power identified in Restoring the Lost Constitution, and my reading
of Lawrence v. Texas. Because Professor Morrison's objections
are not atypical of those I have heard from others, I hope that reading
my reply will induce skeptics of my approach to read my book anyway.
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90 Cornell L. Review 873 (in reply to 90 Cornell L. Review 839)
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