Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

The United States Constitution is widely misinterpreted today because, in the 19th century, the nationalist interpretation of the document won out. But establishing a nation-state wasn’t the intent of the founders — clearly, if one looks at the debates over ratification in the states. For remember: it was the states that debated and accepted a narrow view of the Constitution as establishing a federation. Not a “nation,” and certainly not an empire.

Two notes of caution: 1. This is a conversation between historian Tom Woods and historian Brion McClanahan, and they are pitching a series of online lectures that I’ve not seen (but am tempted to take a look at: perhaps you will be, too). 2. This is a YouTube video, and many of the comments are not worth reading because ill-mannered and crude.

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