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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Constitution's Pocket Part

While I'm at it, here is a link to a short post on Jotwell that I wrote, discussing a forthcoming satirical article by Michael Stokes Paulsen titled "Our Perfect, Perfect Constitution." 

In selecting this piece, I was mindful of some excellent criticism I received from a friend while I was at the AALS conference this year.  Jotwell (of which I'm on the con law board of editors) specializes in posts about new articles that the reviewers like, and which they think deserve notice despite the deluge of articles we all receive.  My friend suggested, however, that many Jotwell pieces consist of posts about articles the reviewer likes because it agrees with the reviewer's own views.  That sounds like a fair criticism to me.  At least where those articles are not based on particular erroneous factual premises, we should be able to find articles we like despite our own total disagreement with them -- especially in constitutional law, which is a resolutely political subject.  With that in mind, I selected Paulsen's article to review because I enjoyed it and think others in the field will too, although I disagree with pretty well all of it.  Enjoy! 

Posted by Paul Horwitz on March 28, 2011 at 01:53 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink

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I did.

Oh, and you should probably delete the spam comment above (the 1st one, not the second one).

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Mar 28, 2011 9:56:28 PM

Thank you for refreshing my memory, Orin! I have so many wise, bald law professor friends that I couldn't remember who it was. I hope you enjoyed the piece and that at least five other people are as quick to take your advice.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Mar 28, 2011 9:15:08 PM

Your friend sounds wise. Bald, perhaps, but wise.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Mar 28, 2011 8:50:19 PM

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