Constitution Café: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution

Constitution Café: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution

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by Christopher Phillips
     
 

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“A provocative extension of Jefferson’s original plan.”—Kirkus Reviews

Thomas Jefferson believed that every generation of Americans should rewrite our Constitution from scratch—to mirror the progress of the human mind and, most of all, to maintain the revolutionary spirit. He would be dismayed that it’s considered

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“A provocative extension of Jefferson’s original plan.”—Kirkus Reviews

Thomas Jefferson believed that every generation of Americans should rewrite our Constitution from scratch—to mirror the progress of the human mind and, most of all, to maintain the revolutionary spirit. He would be dismayed that it’s considered untouchable these days. Taking up Jefferson’s cause, Christopher Phillips leads a motley group of Americans across the fruited plain in an offbeat Constitutional Convention. His Constitution Café project is sparking a much-needed conversation about our founding document and forging common ground at a time when our country needs it most.

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Did you know that Thomas Jefferson argued that the Constitution should be periodically revised to keep up with the times? He wanted democracy to stay fresh. In that spirit, Phillips talked with folks at high schools, parks, malls, and venues like the Burning Man Project about possible additions/revisions to the Constitution. He's no stranger to such things, having penned the Socrates Café books, which report his cheerful and accessible chats about big philosophical questions. This book should be as cheerful and accessible, too, and it's powerfully germane. A good bet for most readers; with a five-city tour.
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Phillips (Philosophy/New York University; Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart, 2007, etc.) takes a fresh look at the Constitution.

The author suggests that the reason the last election left many progressives feeling betrayed by Obama's leadership and boosted his Tea Party opposition is because the "system itself that was handed to us by our Framers prevents meaningful reforms that facilitate more responsive and responsible government." Rather than continuing to amend the Constitution, Phillips argues that the time has come to draft a new one. All that would be needed is a vote by two-thirds of state legislatures to hold a new convention. To help the process along, he has been traveling around the country facilitating meetings with students, green activists, Tea Party supporters and others, in an effort to mobilize a grassroots discussion on what a new Constitution might look like. The author bases his proposal on a similar one by Thomas Jefferson that a Constitutional Convention be held every 20 years to review the founding document. He reports proposed new constitutional articles ranging from the far out—that every citizen be given $50,000 at the age of 18, and that the election process be modeled on reality-TV shows like American Idol—to the serious, such as the right of every child to high-quality education. The author skillfully interweaves a history of the early days of the Republic and the disputes at that time with a discussion of Jefferson's involvement with constitutional issues in the state of Virginia as well as for the country as a whole, and he offers useful insight to Jefferson's thoughts over his long career.

A provocative extension of Jefferson's original plan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393062793
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
642 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Phillips is an educator, author, and pro-democracy activist. Visit him on the Web at www.christopherphillips.com.

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