Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Seminar proposal: The Potable Constitution

MilkLooking for a new seminar? Or perhaps just some ways to jazz up your current constitutional law class? Even if you seek nothing more than a little humor and stimulation as you exercise your 21st amendment rights, you needn't look further than the Jurisdynamics Network. Herewith a modest proposal for a new offering.

Malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man

According to Richard Hofstadter, the United States was born in the country and has moved to the city. As a result, the quest to divine meaning from the United States Constitution might more profitably speak of farmers' intent rather than framers' intent. This article proposes a seminar on The Potable Constitution, a tour of American constitutional law using naught but cases involving liquor, beer, wine, and milk.
Here's the syllabus. And when you've drunk your fill, perhaps you might care to go around the world in eighty centiliters.

Bottoms up!


Anonymous Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

I'm beginning to regret my decision to *forgo* law school, as it seems rather rash and reckless in the sober light of such an offering.

A Potable Constitution helps us understand why--and is consistent with the fact that--the 'pursuit of happines' was earlier made an inalienable right in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

10/10/2006 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Patrick S. O'Donnell said...

One more thought:

So, the constitution is no longer viewed simply as an 'institutionalized cure for...chronic myopia' insofar as 'it disempowers temporary majorities in the name of binding norms' (Stephen Holmes). A Potable Constitution makes it clear that viewing the constitution as Peter sober and the electorate as Peter drunk is symptomatic of a duck/rabbit problem.

10/10/2006 10:41 PM  

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