Magazine October 1, 2018, Issue

Originalism: A Logical Necessity

If we don’t stick to the Constitution’s meaning as written, we have no Constitution.

There is only one proper way to faithfully interpret the Constitution. And that is to ascertain the actual meaning of the words of the text, taken in their proper social and linguistic context.

That meaning must be the objective meaningnot the reader’s subjective understanding or preferred reading. And that meaning must be the original meaningthat is, the meaning the Constitution’s words and phrases would have had to reasonably informed readers of the English language at the time they were used, in context, and accounting for any specialized usages or term-of-art phrases. Any other reading is pure anachronism,

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Articles

In Defense of the Constitutional Order

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Letters

Letters

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The Week

The Week

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