Introduction to the Constitution

 

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The Declaration and the Constitution

In this first lecture of the “Introduction to the Constitution” series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, argues that the American republic’s meaning and proper method of operation is found in two documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He introduces the two main principles of the Declaration–Nature and Equality–and explains how they are key to understanding the arrangements of government found in the Constitution.

 

The Constitution: Representative Government

In this second lecture of the “Introduction to the Constitution” series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, begins to outline the key arrangements of the Constitution. The topic of this lecture is the principle of Representative Government, which he argues is the most fundamental principle of the Constitution.

 

The Constitution: Separation of Powers and Limited Government

In this third lecture of the “Introduction to the Constitution” series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, continues his outline of the key arrangements of the Constitution. He discusses the principles of Separation of Powers and Limited Government, and how they relate to Representation and the ideas of Nature and Equality in the Declaration. 

 

Bureaucratic Versus Constitutional Government

In this fourth lecture of the “Introduction to the Constitution” series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, draws a contrast between centralized, bureaucratic rule and constitutional government.

Concluding Session

In this concluding session of the “Introduction to the Constitution” series, Dr. Larry Arnn, Hillsdale College President, will be joined by nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt for an hour-long webcast, where they will discuss the main points of the series, and answer questions submitted by you, our viewers!