The Constitutional Liberty of the Antifederalists

Gordon Lloyd, Library of Law and Liberty, March 3, 2013.


Herbert Storing shifts the issue from faith to reason and thus invites us to judge whether or not the Antifederalists warnings about the potentiality of the Constitution make sense. Storing argues that the Antifederalists are relevant, but incoherent. They are relevant—and this an odd understanding of relevance– because they should have supported ancient republican classical virtue in contrast to the “low” but “solid” commercial vices of Federalist 10 and the institutional separation and division of authority in Federalist 51. This was the moment for high toned Antifederalist relevance.  They failed to rise to the level of Framers. At best, they were junior partners at the Founding.

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