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by Michael Oreskes,Eric Lane

Category: Humanities
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Author: Michael Oreskes,Eric Lane
ISBN: 1596911999
ISBN13: 978-1596911994
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (September 18, 2007)
Pages: 305
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Mike Oreskes and Eric Lane explore the collective genius that created our ‘constitutional conscience' and show how the genuine political genius of Madison enables today's majority to rule without ruining the rights of the minority. William Safire, New York Times columnist.

Mike Oreskes and Eric Lane explore the collective genius that created our ‘constitutional conscience' and show how the genuine political genius of Madison enables today's majority to rule without ruining the rights of the minority. With vivid narrative and perceptive analysis, The Genius of America reminds us of the Constitution's amazing resilience and adaptability

The Genius of America book.

The Genius of America book. The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country-And Why It Can Again. They also give historical examples of how the Constitution survived different crises, starting with ratification and the push for amendments, and including Nixon’s resignation. They also argue – and it is crucial to understand this – that even the text of the Constitution doesn’t matter if it conflicts with the existing consensus.

How the Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Do It Again. 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country. By Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes.

The Genius of America by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes examines the foundation of our constitutional government .

The Genius of America by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes examines the foundation of our constitutional government in a concise and compelling manner. Throughout this work, the authors refer to our. The story of what happened in the summer of 1787 has been told numerous times (see, . Catherine Drinker Bowen'sMiracle at Philadelphia, published in 1966).

Lane and Oreskes clearly explain challenges our Constitution has faced over the years, such as Proposition 13, which . I read The Genius of America with great interest, both from an historical perspective as well as a view on the current application in our country today

Lane and Oreskes clearly explain challenges our Constitution has faced over the years, such as Proposition 13, which allowed the 50% of Californians who voted to make a sweeping decision for the entire state on tax revenues. Direct democracy doesn't always provide a centrist approach. This is something our founding fathers understood when they wrote the Constitution. In closing, the authors called for more Civics Education for our young people. I read The Genius of America with great interest, both from an historical perspective as well as a view on the current application in our country today. The book was brief and succinct but powerful.

Country and Why It Can Again A Public Policy Forum Presented by Eric Lane March 4, 2008 Robert Ward . Country and Why It Can Again. New York Times, produced this beautiful book, The Genius of America. Thank you for. joining us, sir.

Country and Why It Can Again A Public Policy Forum Presented by Eric Lane March 4, 2008 Robert Ward: Good morning everyone. A Public Policy Forum. Presented by. Eric Lane. Robert Ward: Good morning everyone. I’m Robert Ward, deputy director of the Rockefeller Institute. I. think most of you know Eric Lane, but let me just point out a couple things about his. background that I think are important.

Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes - The Genius of America. from the publisher: The history of democracy is a history of failure. The United States holds the record at 230 years, yet the document at the nationís center is one that we take for granted. Due to a combination of heightened frustration, moves to skirt the constitutional process, and a widespread disconnect between the people and their constitutional ìconscience,î Lane and Oreskes warn us our system is at risk. The Genius of America looks at the Constitutionís history relative to this current crisis.

Michael Oreskes talked about his book, The Genius of America: How The Constitution Saved Our Country and Why It Can Again, published by Bloomsbury USA. He co-wrote the book with Hofstra University Law School Professor Eric Lane. Mr. Oreskes talked about the frustration many have government and with the . He argued that the system was based on tolerance and compromise, and that the American people must learn about the Constitution and apply these principles for it to work.

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An inspiring and revelatory look at the document that has made our country the longest surviving democracy in the history of civilization: The Constitution of the United States.

The history of democracy is a history of failure. The United States holds the record at 230 years, yet the document at the nation's center is one that we take for granted. Due to a combination of heightened frustration, moves to skirt the constitutional process, and a widespread disconnect between the people and their constitutional "conscience," Lane and Oreskes warn us our system is at risk.

The Genius of America looks at the Constitution's history relative to this current crisis. Starting with the eleven years between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution's adoption, they show how our near failure to create a loosely knit nation led the framers to devise a system that takes human nature into account. Next they provide examples of how we have weathered crises in the past, from early attempts at political tyranny to the Civil War. Finally they turn to two periods, one of great consensus (from Roosevelt's New Deal through Johnson's Great Society) and another of division (from Reagan through George W. Bush), both of which demonstrate the Constitution's effectiveness.

In the final assessment, Lane and Oreskes challenge us to let this great document work as it was designed―in times of change and stasis. They hold our leaders accountable, calling on them to stop fanning the flames of division. And while evenhanded in its presentation, The Genius of America reminds us the Constitution is our national glue.

Comments to eBook The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country--and Why It Can Again
Burisi
I teach American government - for some 20 years now. Like many professionals, I like to read what's circulating every so often. I recently picked up this book and enjoyed it immensely.

Mr. Lane and Mr. Orestes wrote a very solid book. I am a huge fan of one of America's greatest unsung heroes - James Madison. This book painted a vivid and accurate picture of a man whose intellect was matched only by his fervor for seeing the creation of a viable constitutional democratic republic. To pull this stunt off, Madison had to be a visionary, a leader, a preacher, a cheerleader, an umpire, and a peacemaker. He was up to this lofty task because he - and the other delegates - were driven by public virtue and a sense of what the authors call a 'constitutional conscience'. They make a case that the Constitution's greatest virtue is that it forces factions to ameliorate their agendas to achieve at least some of their goals.

The authors are a great team - Mr. Lane is an academic, Mr. Orestes a journalist. I think this perspective allowed them to look at gridlock in a manner most don't - as a lack of separate factions to refuse to understand that compromise MUST be a mutual exercise. And all we have to do is read the paper to see pols on both sides of the 'aisle' lament about gridlock...when they aren't getting their way.

This is a book that should be required reading for the President and every member of Congress. If the delegates were able to exercise a 'constitutional conscience', why can't the politicians sitting in DC?

It's a question Madison would like to have answered, I wager.
Freaky Hook
Genius of America is a historical commentary and analysis of the making of the Constitution of the United States. The Authors show how the Constitution was born out of difficult struggles, political, economical, and civic that helped to sharpen and clarify important principles and values needed to establish liberty. They assert that American's have gradually forgotten the important values and principles that helped form our Constitution. These are the same values that founders were trying to institutionalize by creating a "Constitutional Conscience" that would serve to guide and unite US Citizens through the most difficult struggles.

Some of those important principles and values that help to form this "Constitutional Conscience" are listed as follows: 1) people are imperfect and self-interested, and government cannot legislate that away; rather it is better to find ways to leverage these human traits for the benefit of the whole of society. 2) Seeking consensus and compromise is just as important if not more important than seeking perfection. 3) No segment of the population should be able to impose their values on the whole of society without the whole consent (albeit represented/elected consent). 4) Power in government needs to be continually checked. 5) Every sector of government should derive its power from its citizens. 6) Political process should be valued/prized above political outcome; there is safety in deliberation that transcends any given policy or result.

That last principle, Political Process should be valued above political outcome, is perhaps the most important principle of all because it's the processes required by the constitution that help promote our inalienable rights, which rights must endure through the ages despite any single political outcome. Unfortunately, as the authors point out, we have become a "sound bite" society focused more on the outputs of the political process and less on deliberation and thoughtful counsel. For the constitution to work, citizens must be engaged and participating in the processes of government with a keen awareness of the issues impacting our core values, the values codified in the US Constitution including the Bill of Rights. We the people must ensure that our federal government works, that congress truly checks the power of the president and visa versa, and that we have strong judges, and return back to the principles that empower us.

I found this book was inspiring to read and I hope my good friends of all nationalities will take the opportunity to read it, and make the resolve that I did, to be a better citizen and helpt to preserve the principles of freedom.
Weernis
After reading this book, I have a new appreciation and better understanding of the constitution. I am loaning my copy out already.
Nahn
Although I have not finished reading this book, I have found it to be interesting and informative. Genius is the correct word for the understanding and foresight of our founding fathers.
Westened
Great introduction to the Constitution!
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