As the federalist essays were a response to fears and criticisms of the then proposed constitution the ratification debates as well as the federalist essays does grant a significant view as to the consent of the governed on reading the constitution seems to deny existed or may presently exist. Our constitution speaks in general terms of liberty and property of the privileges and immunities of citizens and of the equal protection of the laws open ended phrases that seem to invite readers to reflect in them their own visions and agendas. Although the authors encourage a pragmatic and conflictual reading of the constitution that might appear as more open participatory and arbitrary than the universalistic interpretive standards advance by other law professors theirs is a process inclined to reproduce constitutional understandings and the symbolic power of the constitution. On reading the constitution reminds us of the extent to which our understanding of constitutional interpretation remains in a primitive state tribe and dorfs book counts as an unusually articulate contribution to the large number of recent works attempting to justify to preserve and to extend the work of the warren court. Tribe on reading the constitution 7 between the declaration of independence and the constitution 7 the declaration he points out is a proclamation by thirteen
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