So I have a new book(let) out. It’s called The Constitution: Understanding America’s Founding Document (American Enterprise Institute/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). I wouldn’t hold it out as a scholarly accomplishment; it’s not meant to be. The book is part of AEI’s well-conceived Values & Capitalism Project, which (among other things) publishes short, understandable books, targeted primarily at an audience of college students, that address matters of public concern—economics, social policy, American history and exceptionalism, etc. The Project has produced several terrific books. (My personal favorite is Alex Pollock’s Boom and Bust, containing much wisdom and insight on financial cycles.) Now…
The American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Project has produced some terrific short monographs on important public issues. The booklets are intended for use by college professors in undergraduate (especially introductory) college courses.
AEI President Arthur Brooks’ idea for the series was a stroke of brilliance. By contrast, the solicitation of a Greve contribution on the Constitution is open to doubt. I tend to write on a principle of complete audience indifference; I have no idea what frosh can be expected to know or get; and my riff on constitutionalism may be a tad unorthodox, if not downright exotic.
A draft of the Conclusion to the forthcoming pamphlet appears below. It is meant to leave the reader with two thoughts that may merit further consideration: one, concerning the relative health of our constitutional debate; the other, concerning the deep pathology of our institutions. Comments and suggestions, on style or substance, on- or off-blog, would be greatly appreciated.