98 Geo. L.J. 1693 (2009-2010)
Originalism and the Good Constitution

handle is hein.journals/glj98 and id is 1705 raw text is: Originalism and the Good Constitution

JOHN 0. McGmms* & MICHAEL B. RAPPAPORT**
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION  ..........................................        1695
I. THE NATURE OF THE ARGUMENT ..........................      1698
II. THE SUPERMAJORITARIAN THEORY OF CONSTITUTIONALISM ........... 1702
A. THE PREFERENCE PERSPECTIVE ........................     1703
1. Majority and Supermajority Rule .................   1704
2. Supermajority Rule and Consensus ................   1706
3. Supermajority Rule and the Absence of Partisanship ...  1706
4. Minority Rights and the Veil of Ignorance ...........  1708
B.  THE ACCURACY PERSPECTIVE  .........................   1710
1. The Accuracy Framework ......................       1710
2. Independence and the Number of Decision Makers ....  1713
3. Low Accuracy Rates for Entrenchment Under Majority
R ule  ......................................      1714
4. Supermajority Rule's Capacity To Improve
Entrenchment Accuracy Rates ...................    1715
5. The High Ratio of Bad to Good Entrenchment
Proposals  ...................................     1716
C. SUPERMAJORITY RULE AND GOOD ENTRENCHMENTS ...........  1718
D. SYMMETRY BETWEEN THE SUPERMAJORITY RULES FOR
ORIGINATING AND REPEALING CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS ....... 1719
HI. THE COMPLIANCE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WITH THE
DESIRABLE ORIGINATION AND AMENDMENT SUPERMAJORITY RULES.. 1720
* Stanford Clinton, Sr. Research Professor of Law, Northwestern University.
** Class of 1975 Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law.  2010, John 0.
McGinnis & Michael B. Rappaport. We are grateful for comments from Larry Alexander, Steven
Calabresi, Richard Fallon, Barry Friedman, Philip Hamburger, Nelson Lund, Mark Movsesian, Richard
Posner, Steven Smith, Kevin Stack, and participants in the Columbia Law School Legal Theory
Workshop and Georgetown Law School Constitutional Law Colloquium.
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