The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty (Hardback)


By Timothy Sandefur

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About the Book

Timothy Sandefur's insightful new book provides a dramatic new challenge to the status quo of constitutional law and argues a vital truth: our Constitution was written not to empower democracy, but to secure liberty. Yet the overemphasis on democracy by today's legal community-rather than the primacy of liberty, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence-has helped expand the scope of government power at the expense of individual rights. Now, more than ever, the Declaration of Independence should be the framework for interpreting our fundamental law. It is the conscience of the Constitution.

About the Author

Timothy Sandefur is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, and the author of Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st-Century America and The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law.

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What Others Have Said

"In The Conscience of the Constitution, rising-star scholar and litigator Timothy Sandefur makes a compelling case that the principles of the Declaration of Independence pervade our Constitution and should inform its interpretation."
-Clint Bolick, Vice President for Litigation, Goldwater Institute

"Expertly combining law, history, and political philosophy, Timothy Sandefur offers both a powerful defense of the Constitution and a winning case for why the Supreme Court is duty-bound to protect a wide range of individual rights from the grasp of overreaching majorities."
-Damon Root, Reason Magazine