Contributions by ‘Steven D. Smith’

The Constitution, the Leviathan, and the Common Good

Adrian Vermeule’s Common Good Constitutionalism is a curiously strident and yet reticent book—boldly belligerent but oddly timorous. Vermeule seems to be itching to fight, and so he constructs and characterizes chosen opponents so as to preempt possible lines of agreement and thus ensure that there will be something to fight about, or at least to pretend to fight about. And yet at the places where differences are most substantive and consequential, he is regrettably unforthcoming.

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