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… law constructs race at every level: changing the physical features borne by people in this country, shaping the social meanings that define races, and rendering concreate the privileges and disadvantages justified by racial ideology.

-Ian Haney Lopez, White by Law

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It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.
-Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1

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The Declaration also conveys another lesson of paramount importance. It is this: language is one of the most potent resources each of us has for achieving our own political empowerment.
-Danielle Allen, Our Declaration

[Thus ends my week of exclusively politicking! Of course it’s important to stay politically aware year round, but sometimes it’s good to take a moment away from the normal hustle and reflect on the contract that binds us as members of a democracy. We’ll be back to the normal eclectic assortment of quotes next week.]

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Why would the Framers, who disagreed even about the necessity of including a Bill of Rights in the Constitution, who disagreed about the content of that Bill of Rights, nonetheless have agreed about what school of interpretive thought should prove dominant in interpreting that Bill of Rights in centuries to come?
-Stephen Breyer, Active Liberty

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Political philosophers have generated the view that equality and freedom are necessarily in tension with each other. … Such a choice is dangerous. If we abandon equality, we lose the single bond that makes us a community, that makes us a people with the capacity to be free collectively and individually in the first place.

-Danielle Allen, Our Declaration

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Don’t we mourn the dead on Memorial Day with volleyball and sunscreen? Don’t We the People commemorate the Fourth of July by setting meat and bottle rockets on fire? Which makes a lot of sense when you remember that a phrase as weird and whimsical as ‘the pursuit of happiness’ sits right there – in the second sentence of the founding document of the country.

-Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli