June 13, 2011

THE TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW has a forthcoming symposium issue on a federal constitutional convention, with contributions by all sorts of people ranging from Richard Epstein to David Lat. Here’s my Foreword, which addresses a number of proposals for reining in federal power, ranging from creating a third house of Congress with the sole function of repealing federal statutes, to more familiar proposals like a balanced budget amendment or term limits. Download it early and often!

UPDATE: Reader Carl Fumante writes:

“..ranging from creating a third house of Congress with the sole function of repealing federal statutes, ”

Someone’s been reading Frank Herbert. “Bureau of Sabotage.”

Actually, the first place I saw the idea was Robert Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.

ANOTHER UPDATE: And that reminds me: Here’s the list of books getting a boost from Obama again.

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