Monthly Archives: January 2013

“Well regulated,” part 2: Strict constructionism means paid lobbyists?






“Well regulated,” part 2: Strict constructionism means paid lobbyists? Picking up where the previous post left off– “Well regulated” was praise in this country at the time America was born. For eighteenth-century American colonists, well-regulated was everything the ridiculous Georges on the English throne were not. The Swiftian, satire-worthy courts under the British kings were repudiated in the law courts of the new United States,… Read More

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Well regulated currency






Well regulated currency The ordinariness of “well regulated” in eighteenth-century America The following is a quick, representative list of American newspapers before and after the Revolutionary War explicitly recommending, or reminding of the need for, a “well regulated currency”: New England Weekly Journal (Boston, Mass.) February 4, 1734. Issue CCCLVIII, page 1. “Money well regulated and established is the measure of all other things.” Boston… Read More

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