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Constitution 2020


Yale Law School Prof. Jack Balkin on The Constitution In 2020, July 16, 2009

The Constitution 2020 movement is based upon The Constitution in 2020, a book published by Oxford University Press that is a powerful blueprint for implementing a Marxist vision of constitutional law in the years ahead and that is written by progressives. Edited by two of America's leading constitutional scholars, Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel, the book provides a new framework for addressing the most important constitutional issues of the future in a progressive manner. Featuring some of America's so-called finest legal minds - Cass Sunstein, Bruce Ackerman, Robert Post, Harold Koh, Larry Kramer, Noah Feldman, Pam Karlan, William Eskridge, Mark Tushnet, Yochai Benkler and Richard Ford, among others - the book tackles a wide range of issues, including the challenge of new technologies, presidential power, international human rights, religious liberty, freedom of speech, voting, reproductive rights and economic rights. The Constitution in 2020 calls on liberals to articulate their constitutional vision in a way that can command the confidence of ordinary Americans and sway them to the progressive side of dogma. It is a propaganda piece laid out in painstaking and alarming detail.[1]

Major Proponents of the Constitution 2020 Movement

George Soros

George Soros is bankrolling and heavily supporting the Constitution 2020 movement. He staunchly believes that the Constitution is a living, breathing, evolving document. He believes in a new and improved Bill of Rights.[2] His Open Society Institute and the Center for American Progress sponsored the Constitution 2020 conference in April of 2005.

Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein is directly connected to Soros' funding for the Constitution 2020 movement, which openly seeks to create a "progressive" consensus as to what the U.S. Constitution should provide for by the year 2020.[2] In April 2005, Sunstein was the opening act for a conference at Yale Law School entitled, "The Constitution in 2020," which sought to change the nature and interpretation of the Constitution by that year.

Eric Holder

Eric Holder sat on the board of a Soros-funded group pushing the same "progressive" constitution in the Constitution 2020 movement.[2]

American Constitution Society

Table of Contents in The Constitution for 2020

Yale Law School Prof. Reva Siegel on Origins of The Constitution In 2020, July 21, 2009

Table of Contents[1]

1. Introduction: The Constitution in 2020
Jack Balkin, Yale Law School and Reva Siegel, Yale Law School

I. Interpreting Our Constitution

2. Fidelity to Text and Principle
Jack Balkin

3. Democratic Constitutionalism
Robert Post, Yale Law School and Reva Siegel

II. Social Rights and Legislative Constitutionalism

4. The Minimalist Constitution
Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School and Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)

5. Economic Power and the Constitution
Frank Michelman, Harvard Law School

6. Social and Economic Rights in the American Grain: Reclaiming Constitutional Political Economy
William Forbath, University of Texas

7. State Action in 2020
Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School

8. The Missing Jurisprudence of the Legislated Constitution
Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center

9. Remembering How to Do Equality
Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel

III. Citizenship and Community

10. The Citizenship Agenda
Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School

11. National Citizenship and the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity
Goodwin Liu, University of California at Berkeley

12. Terms of Belonging
Rachel Moran, University of California (Irvine and Berkeley) and President, Association of American Law Schools

13. Hopeless Constitutionalism, Hopeful Pragmatism
Richard Ford, Stanford Law School

IV. Democracy and Civil Liberties

14. Voting Rights and the Third Reconstruction
Pamela Karlan, Stanford Law School

15. Political Organization and the Future of Democracy
Larry Kramer, Dean, Stanford Law School

16. A Progressive Perspective on Freedom of Speech
Robert Post

17. Information, Structures and the Constitution of American Society
Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School

18. The Constitution in the National Surveillance State
Jack Balkin

19. The Progressive Past
Tracey Meares, Yale Law School

V. Protecting Religious Diversity

20. The Framers' Church-State Problem — and Ours
Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School

21. Progressives, the Religion Clauses and the Limits of Secularism
William Marshall, University of North Carolina

VI. Families and Values

22. A Liberal Vision of U.S. Family Law in 2020
William Eskridge, Jr., Yale Law School

23. A Progressive Reproductive Rights Agenda for 2020
Dawn Johnsen, Indiana University at Bloomington and nominee, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel

VII. State, Nation, World

24. What's Federalism For?
Judith Resnik, Yale Law School

25. Progressive Constitutionalism and Transnational Legal Discourse
Vicki Jackson, Georgetown University Law Center

26. "Strategies of the Weak": Thinking Globally and Acting Locally toward a Progressive Constitutional Vision
David Cole, Georgetown University Law Center

27. America and the World, 2020
Harold Koh, Dean, Yale Law School and nominee, Legal Adviser, State Department.

Book Reviews

Cass Sunstein - Most Conservatives view of the Constitution Requires a Time Machine, Sept. 26, 2010
  • "For a generation, conservatives have dominated our constitutional conversation. Now as a new day dawns, this inspiring book recaptures a progressive vision of a Constitution that can fulfill the country's oldest commitments to a robust and inclusive democracy." Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey[1]
  • "For much too long, progressive thinkers have been either responding reflexively to agendas set by the right, or wringing their hands over the absence of constructive options of their own. This volume marks the end of that time in the wilderness. Constitutional progressives who read this book's veritable cornucopia of carefully conceived alternatives are bound to be energized by the vistas opened here - and challenged by the puzzles posed in every sparkling chapter." Laurence Tribe, author of The Invisible Constitution[1]

External Links



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 About the Book The Constitution in 2020 (accessed 04/02/11)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 George Soros assault on U.S. Constitution WorldNetDaily, March 27, 2011