The Public Interest

Conservatives, Liberals, and the Constitution

Martin Diamond

Fall 1965

The constitution of 1787 is still the fundamental document of the American polity, it is still the source of its basic institutions and principles, and the Constitution and its law persistently affect the style and substance of American politics. Both Conservatives and Liberals, who stand at the two poles of contemporary American politics, are obliged to come to terms with the Constitution. How each understands it reveals certain peculiarities of contemporary Conservatism and Liberalism. 

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