The Future of Conservative Constitutionalism

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The work of transforming the courts has done wonders, but to build further we must focus on Congress and the people.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he ambitious project of constitutional restoration that has occupied a portion of the American Right for generations now finds itself at a peculiar crossroads.

On the one hand, the effort to transform the courts, which has been at the center of this project for half a century, has reached an impressive high-water mark. Launched in response to the pernicious overreach of the Warren and Burger courts, this effort sought nothing less than to recover an understanding of the proper role of the judge, which had been utterly lost, and to put it into practice.

In a sense, that project was one of

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Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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