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Have you ever thought that you should know more about the Constitution than you do? Do you understand key debates in Constitutional Law...debates over the unitary executive, whether the state or the federal government gets to decide, what is and is not permitted under the Commerce Clause, separation of powers, judicial review...and others? What relationship does the Structural Constitution have, if any, to our rights guarantees? Why does the structural Constitutional matter?
If you want to learn more, you’re in the right place.
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary … In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
-Federalist No. 51
This course the No. 86 video project focuses on the formation and core tenets of the Structural Constitution.
Modules in the course include:
History of the Constitution and the Founding Fathers (forthcoming)
Philadelphia in 1787, when and where our Constitution was drafted, serves as the inspiration for the animated world in these videos. We add a modern twist, though, "bringing the old into the new.” Our aesthetic approach is analogous to the restoration of a historic home, where outdated decorations make way for something that is clean and appealing to the modern aesthetic, but that preserves the beauty of the historic details.
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Constitutional Law: Structure
This module in the No. 86 video project explores the central role in that structure plays in the document that has governed a free people for over 200 years.
This module in the Structural Constitution course highlights key debates about federalism: from the Founding era to today.
This unit in the No. 86 video series explores a host of questions relating to the scope of Executive Power, from the time of the Founding to modern-day debates on the question.
How do the three branches of government - legislative, executive and judicial - relate to one another? This module in the Structural Constitution course explores the Constitutional design of checks and balances and how that works to protect liberty.
How do different Amendments affect the scope of power of the federal government? This module of the No. 86 Series explores.
What was the meaning of Article III at the time of the American founding? Is judicial power today more expansive? This module in the No. 86 video series explores.
Article I of the Constitution begins: “ALL Legislative power herein granted.” This module explores the scope of power given to the legislative branch in the Constitution.