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    Does the NSA Violate Your Constitutional Rights? | Learn Liberty

    Many people don’t know what their constitutional freedoms are or why they have them in the first place. They’ve gotten so used to the freedoms they’ve enjoyed as Americans that they haven’t noticed just how rare and fragile they really are. Before America’s founding, the British king George III would issue what were called general warrants, which empowered local authorities to look for wrongdoing anywhere and to use their discretion to find any kind of treasonous behavior, including among the people that would come to be our Founders. But this became such an abuse of dictatorial authority that after the Revolutionary War a prohibition on general warrants was written right…

  • Will Falk: We Know What Must Be Done (Sabotage)
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    Will Falk: We Know What Must Be Done (Sabotage)

    I argue for direct confrontation with the forces that are destroying the planet I think that the best way to the only way that we’re gonna save the planet is if we dismantle industrial infrastructure you know the we know what is destroying the world we know that the combustion of fossil fuels is producing climate change for example we know that the you know that the expansion of agricultural operations of industrialization destroys habitat for the species we share this beautiful planet with we know what is causing the problems and if we’re going to if we’re going to stop environmental destruction we have to actually stop environmental destruction…

  • Is Roman Law a primitive system? [No. 86]
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    Is Roman Law a primitive system? [No. 86]

    It’s important to understand that when you’re talking about Roman law it may be an ancient system but it is not a primitive system. If you were to try to compare Roman law to Roman science, if you were trying to figure out whether or not you wanted to study the theory of evolution or the theory of reproduction or the theory of heavenly bodies using Greek and Roman science you would probably not get very far. If you start looking at the Roman text, it represented an enormous advance in systematization of over every previous system of law anywhere on the face of the globe. Instead of having a…

  • Faculty on Point | Ralph Richard Banks on Racial Justice Beyond Constitutional Law
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    Faculty on Point | Ralph Richard Banks on Racial Justice Beyond Constitutional Law

    [MUSIC] My current project is to produce a case book, Racial Justice and Law. And the goal of that is to provide what students haven’t had before, which is a resource that canvasses issues of racial justice across a variety of domains. One of the important goals of this case book, and of my teaching and writing otherwise, is to broaden the focus beyond constitutional law. We’re at an, at an odd place because we have, widespread support, for ideals of, of racial justice and color-blindness. Yet, we still have a society that is very much structured along lines of race. We have gross disparities in criminal justice in terms…

  • U.S. – India Constitutional Law Debate | Bengaluru Aug 2
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    U.S. – India Constitutional Law Debate | Bengaluru Aug 2

    Second decade of the 21st century has seen sharp stresses and strains and liberal democracies in the U.S. and India. Polarization of politics and society and pressure on liberal freedoms has meant that we need to go back and take these questions of Constitutional democracies seriously. As good a time to go back to questions of Constitution founding as well as political history and controversies of that time. If you are interested in any of these questions register at the U.S. Consulate debate page on Facebook or show up on August 2nd at the National Law School, Nagarbhavi, to debate these questions.

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    Were Federalist Really Your Friends

    United States Department Of Justice: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice, equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. The Department is led by the Attorney General, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The “Act to Establish the Department of Justice” drastically increased the Attorney General’s responsibilities to include the supervision of all United States Attorneys, formerly under the Department of the Interior, the prosecution of all federal crimes, and the representation…

  • The Importance and Persistence of State Political Identity | Ernest Young
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    The Importance and Persistence of State Political Identity | Ernest Young

    I want to start by thanking Andrew Bibby and the Center for Constitutional Studies for inviting me. It’s great to be here. I also want to thank all of you for being here this morning. Nothing warms the cockles of my heart more than on a beautiful day of the last day before fall break to see a bunch of students turn out to hear people talk about federalism. I’m not really here to talk about federalism as a constitutional principle. I want to talk about the sociological underpinnings the cultural underpinnings of federalism. I want to look under the hood of the constitutional doctrine and see what is there.…

  • Interpreting the Constitution: A Living Document?
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    Interpreting the Constitution: A Living Document?

    ♪♪Music♪♪ During this lecture I want to talk about the living constitution. In our previous lecture we talked about originalism. This is the main alternative to originalism. The notion that the constitution is a dynamic document that has the potential to change over time and that is something they think is, is true just because it’s true, but that they also imagined and hoped it would change over time to reflect changing conditions, changing circumstances whether they be social or economic in nature. And like with originalism, there are two different ways we can begin to understand where this notion comes from. Why would somebody come up with this idea…

  • The Intentional Difficulty of Amending the Constitution
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    The Intentional Difficulty of Amending the Constitution

    ♪♪Music♪♪ This lecture is entitled change is a comin maybe. And what I want to talk with you about during this lecture is the amendment process to the Constitution. So there are 27 amendments to our Constitution and if that number seems small, it’s not surprising. The amendment process is laid out in article 5 of the Constitution is a very, very high bar to pass. ¾ of state legislature need to approve an amendment that is the product either of Congress or a national convention. That is an option that we have that we’ve never utilized. Our 27 amendments have come from proposals either from states or from Congress.…

  • Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests
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    Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests

    AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to John Bonifaz, who’s an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights, co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizations that launched the “Impeach Donald Trump Now” campaign just moments after Trump’s inauguration. More than 200,000 people from across the country have already joined the campaign. John, talk about what you are calling for right now. JOHN BONIFAZ: Well, we think that there must be an impeachment investigation initiated in the United States Congress based on the violations of the emoluments clauses, the foreign emoluments clause and the domestic emoluments clause, both of which make clear…