An op-ed run in the New York Times by two Ivy League law professors calls for the U.S. Constitution, which it calls “famously undemocratic,” to be thrown out. It calls the Constitution “broken” and says it “stands in the way” of “real” freedom.
The pair issued a call to “radically alter the basic rules of the game” by no longer requiring us to “justify our politics by the Constitution.”
A Friday New York Times essay, titled “The Constitution Is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed,” and penned by law professors Ryan D. Doerfler of Harvard and Samuel Moyn of Yale, claims when liberals “lose in the Supreme Court” they often blame justices for misreading the Constitution, yet in reality, “struggling over the Constitution has proved a dead end.”
“The real need is not to reclaim the Constitution, as many would have it, but instead to reclaim America from constitutionalism,” the authors assert, as they attack the “some centuries-old text.”
The essay also claims that constitutions, and “especially the broken one we have now,” direct us to the past, something that “aids the right” which tends to stick “with what it claims to be the original meaning of the past.”
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) August 19, 2022
“[E]ven when progressives concede that the Constitution is at the root of our situation, typically the call is for some new constitutionalism,” they contend.