Constitution Cafe

Constitution Cafe

Jefferson's Brew for A True Revolution

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Thomas Jefferson proposed that we revise the Constitution every so often, not just to reflect the changing times but to revive and perpetuate our original revolutionary spirit. Could it be that the Constitution itself is part of the reason that our democracy is on life support, our government gone haywire? To find out, Christopher Phillips, originator of the Socrates Cafâe dialogues, sets off on a cross-country junket to engage Americans of all stripes in an offbeat constitutional convention. Given the opportunity to rewrite the Constitution, a diverse bunch--from Burning Man die-hards to army veterans, Tea Party acolytes to Orange County slackers--weighs in with some really wild and worthwhile ideas about how our nation should be governed. With Jefferson as his iconoclastic and visionary guide, Phillips moderates these discussions and complements his participants' ideas by relating them to Jefferson's own experiences with governance and to his great expectations for our democracy.--From publisher description.

Norton Pub
The author of the Socrates Café trilogy hits the road once again—this time to inspire a new, nationwide Constitutional Convention.
Energized by the initial optimism surrounding Obama's presidency and, conversely, the fierce partisanship in Congress, Christopher Phillips has set out to engage Americans in discussions surrounding our must fundamental rights and freedoms, with some help from Thomas Jefferson. A radical in his own day, Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be revised periodically to keep up with the changing times. Instead, it has become a sacred, immutable text-and in Phillips's opinion, it's in need of some shaking up.From a high school in West Virginia to People's Park in Berkeley, California; from Burning Man to the Mall of America, Phillips gathered together Americans from all walks of life, moderating dialogues inspired by Jefferson's own populist political philosophy, formulating new Constitutional articles. With contagious passion and conviction, Philips has taken up Jefferson's cause for a truly participatory democracy at a time when our country needs it most.

Book News
Arising from a cross country tour interviewing everyone from Burning Man attendees to Tea Party enthusiasts, this book explores what for many Americans is unthinkable: how might we alter the constitution to make it more useful and relevant for today's society? Phillips (originator of the Socrates Cafe discussion groups) intersperses current dialogue with recollection about discussions during the time of Jefferson. The discussions come across as both reasonable and respectful, qualities sometimes lacking in today's political discourse. No index is provided. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Promoting Thomas Jefferson's belief that the Constitution should be revised periodically, the author of the Socrates Café trilogy moderates dialogues between Americans from all walks of life, from Burning Man to the Mall of America, to formulate new Constitutional articles. 20,000 first printing.
Promoting Thomas Jefferson's belief that the Constitution should be revised periodically, the author moderates dialogues between Americans from all walks of life to formulate new Constitutional articles.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393064803
0393064808
Branch Call Number: 320.0973 P541c
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm

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