Political Theory

The Future of Constitutional Liberty in America


This colloquium examined the core meaning of constitutional liberty in the United States, its transformation in principle and practice over the course of the twentieth century, and how and to what degree constitutionalism can be reconstructed for the sake of conserving liberty.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

A Nation of States: Essays on the American Federal System. Edited by Robert A. Goldwin. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1963.

Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Erastus Corning and others (June 12, 1863). Downloaded from Abraham Lincoln Online, a nonprofit website. http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/index.html

Lincoln, Abraham. "Cooper Union Address" of February 27, 1860 and "Speech (on the Dred Scott decision)" of June 26, 1857.

Churchill, Winston. Speech "Fifty Years Hence" of December 1931; "The Conservative Point of View," a radio broadcast of January 21, 1950; and "Election Address (at the Forum Cinema in Devonport)" of February 9, 1950.

Reagan, Ronald. Speech "A Time for Choosing" of October 27, 1964, and "First Inaugural" address of January 20, 1981.

Dewey, John. Liberalism and Social Action. Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2000.

Fiorina, Morris P. Congress: Keystone of the Washington Establishment, Revised Edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

Goodnow, Frank Johnson, “The American Conception of Liberty (1916, selections)” In American Progressivism: A Reader, edited by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, 55-64. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.

Hamburger, Philip. “The History and Danger of Administrative Law.” Imprimis 43, no. 9 (September 2014): 1-5.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Landis, James M. “The Administrative Process: The Third Decade.” American Bar Association Journal 47, no. 2 (February 1961): 135-139.

Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government. Edited by Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Lowi, Theodore. The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1979, 2010.

Marcuse, Herbert., “Repressive Toleration.” In A Critique of Pure Tolerance, Boston: Beacon Press, 1965. Page(s): 81-117.

Nisbet, Robert. The Present Age: Progress and Anarchy in Modern America. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2003.

Roosevelt, Theodore, “The New Nationalism (1910)” In American Progressivism: A Reader, edited by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, 211-223. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.

Shenfield, Arthur. “Law, Legislation, and Liberty: Hayek’s Completed Trilogy.” Modern Age 24, no. 2 (Spring 1980): 142-149.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America, Volumes 1 and 2 [English Edition]. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2012.

The Founders’ Constitution [Volumes 1-5, Web Edition]. Edited by Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner. Compiled by a joint venture of the University of Chicago Press and Liberty Fund, Inc. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1986, 2000. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders (accessed November 22, 2016).

Wilson, Woodrow, “What is Progress? (1913)" and "The Study of Administration (1887)” In American Progressivism: A Reader, edited by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto, 45-53, 191-210. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.