Magazine October 1, 2018, Issue

The Bill of Rights Never Gets Old

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It remains a bulwark against ideological whimsy and overreaction

One of the more irritating misconceptions about the American Bill of Rights is that it is the product of a debate over ephemeral policy and not over constitutional structure. In the midst of modern arguments relating to free speech, religious liberty, or the private ownership of firearms, it is common to hear critics of the status quo say something along the lines of “We are dealing here with amendments that were passed two centuries ago, which shows us both that the document isn’t perfect and that it can be changed.” Rendered a little more stupidly, this critique takes another form:

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