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Why Blacks, women, and Jews are not mentioned in the Constitution, and other unorthodox views
Goldwin, Robert A., 1922-2010.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1989.
Physical Description:
XI, 183 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.
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This study examines why blacks, women and Jews are not mentioned in the United States Constitution.

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Goldwin, resident scholar and director of constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute, has compiled a collection of 16 of his essays and speeches, some of which date back to 1976. The volume suffers from a lack of cohesion as some of the essays are repetitive (e.g., those discussing the "law of the sea"), while others are largely unrelated (e.g., those on liberal education versus those on the Constitution). Thus, the title is misleading as the only connection among topics is the liberal tradition of Locke. Even this connection is tenuous, as the author does not defend and explain his premises or provide a framework by which to integrate the ideas. Goldwin does not critically evaluate Locke but appears instead to adopt Locke's theories as truth (in particular, Locke's view of human nature that has been challenged by others such as Marx). The conclusions reached (e.g., about the concept of property) appear to be inevitable but are so only if the reader agrees with the fundamentals underlying the arguments. Yet, since those fundamentals are never discussed or analyzed, the reader lacks a point of reference. Nonetheless, many of the essays are provocative and may be useful as pedagogical tools. Not strongly recommended; may be a useful complement to well-developed collections on Locke. -L. Bowen, John Carroll University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
1 Principles and Politics - an Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Constitution- Old Ideas in a New Orderp. 7
2 Why Blacks, Women, and Jews Are Not Mentioned in the Constitutionp. 9
3 Of Men and Angels: a Search for Morality in the Constitutionp. 21
4 How the Constitution Promotes Progressp. 37
5 What Americans Know About Their Constitutionp. 42
6 Is There an American Right of Revolution?p. 46
Part 2 Rights - Brief, Negative, and Duty Freep. 55
7 Rights Versus Dutiesp. 57
8 Are Human Rights the Moral Foundation of American Foreign Policy?p. 75
9 Three Human Rights Are Enoughp. 87
Part 3 Political Philosophy - the Key to Lockep. 97
10 A Reading of Locke's Chapter """"Of Property""""p. 99
11 Locke's State of Nature in Political Societyp. 110
Part 4 International Diplomacy- Who Owns the Unowned?p. 123
12 Locke and the Law of the Seap. 125
13 Common Sense Versus """"The Common Heritage""""p. 134
Part 5 Liberal Education - Doubting Mother, Country, Godp. 149
14 Prescription for Suppressing a Dreadful Thoughtp. 151
15 Learning to Earn a Living and Learning to Live a Lifep. 157
16 The Future of Liberal Educationp. 164
Notesp. 171
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
Indexp. 179
About the Authorp. 183