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Signing_of_Constitution_Chandler_Christy_smThe Constitutional Studies Center combines careful, objective scholarship into the original understanding of the Constitution with advocacy for human freedom under law. It produces books, issue papers, articles, and legal briefs reporting the results of its research. Since 2010, the Center has had enormous influence on constitutional law cases and commentary, but also on policy makers and grass roots activists. For example, the Center’s research findings galvanized the massive and growing “Article V” movement to restore constitutional limits on the federal government.

Latest Posts

  • Conservatives Should Abandon the Filibuster

    Conservatives Should Abandon the Filibuster0

    • February 15, 2017

    Conservatives traditionally have supported the Senate filibuster because, supposedly, it puts the brakes on expansion of government. I’ve long thought conservatives should reconsider. With Democrats planning to filibuster President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a good time to reconsider is now. That’s because history shows that, on balance, the filibuster doesn’t put the brakes on

  • The 1889 St. Louis Convention of States

    The 1889 St. Louis Convention of States0

    • February 11, 2017

    A frequent argument against a convention for proposing constitutional amendments is that there are “no precedents” for determining the rules and procedures for such a gathering, other than the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Although opponents persist in this claim, it has long been debunked: The Constitutional Convention was far from the only meeting of its

  • Judge Gorsuch and the Independence Institute

    Judge Gorsuch and the Independence Institute0

    • January 31, 2017

    The Independence Institute has specific reason to celebrate the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In 2011, a group of anti-TABOR plaintiffs sued in Denver federal court, arguing that TABOR violated the U.S. Constitution because it was inconsistent with the Constitution’s guarantee that every state have a “republican form of government.” (Kerr v.

  • New Video on TABOR—the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

    New Video on TABOR—the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights0

    • January 31, 2017

    Fred Holden (below) and Rob Natelson, both Senior Fellows at the Independence Institute, talk about the famous Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of  Rights in this interview.

  • Reduce Holdings of Federal Lands

    Reduce Holdings of Federal Lands0

    • January 29, 2017

    Interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke served his country honorably as a Navy SEAL, but in affirming in his federal lands testimony that he would refuse to loosen the government’s chokehold on America’s land, he did the U.S. a disservice. Reasonable people can disagree about how much territory the government should own. As an avid outdoorsman, I’m sympathetic

  • State Lawmakers! Don’t Put Extraneous Matter in Your Article V Application

    State Lawmakers! Don’t Put Extraneous Matter in Your Article V Application0

    • January 20, 2017

    by Robert G. Natelson State lawmakers sponsoring an Article V convention application often find that other lawmakers want to add extraneous matter to the application. This may include conditions beyond the mere subject-matter, instructions to commissioners, specific amendment language, convention rules, and pronouncements of various kinds. Don’t agree! Adding such material is both unprofessional and


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Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence
Email: rgnatelson@gmail.com
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 114