Hi, I’m Adam Freedman, and this is where I collect my various bits of commentary on politics, law, and the Constitution.  This is also where you’ll find news about my books — A Less Perfect Union (June 2015) and The Naked Constitution (October 2012) — both from Broadside Books .

I’m an advocate for constitutional originalism, small government, less regulation, individual liberty, and respect for life.  But that’s not to say I don’t have a sense of humor: when the barbarians are at the gate, you’ve got to stop and smell the roses.  Oh well, you can find my commentary on Ricochet.com and at City Journal.  You can also find me from time to time on the pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Review, Slate, and Newsweek International, among others.

If you’re a glutton for punishment, let me recommend my 2007 book, The Party of the First Part (Holt).  It was praised by the late William Safire as “a lighthearted but lucid explanation of legalese.”

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  2. I’ve read “The Naked Constitution” and thank you for pointing out the structural damage done to the document over the years.
    I would like to get your thoughts on repairing some of the damage done to the Constitution by first accomplishing the difficult task of repealing the 17th Amendment. My belief is that if the people and the States can convince the Senators to relinquish the power they yield back to the States they supposedly represent (instead of special interest groups). The structure of the Government will once again be balanced as originally understood by the people and States. This repair may also help improve Supreme Court Justice selection by consent and approval of the Senate. (Guidelines for approval could be developed by the Senate using your originalist approach to interpretation.)
    At this moment the people are very angry and frustrated by what is occuring in Washington. The calls for secession by many could be remedied by giving power back to the States. Would this be productive step for the people to take at this juncture?

  3. Hi Adam this is Rhonada Ezell lead plaintiff in the Ezell vs Chicago gun band lawsuit. I would like to know if you could send me a couple copies of The Naked Constitution.

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  5. Hi Adam, any chance you grew up in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago and worked on a congressional campaign in 1980?

    • Yep, that’s me!  I remember a Dan Mendelson on the Weinberger campaign — that’s you?   From: Adam Freedman To: adamjfreedman@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:03 PM Subject: [Adam Freedman] Comment: “About” #yiv8320148751 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8320148751 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8320148751 a.yiv8320148751primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8320148751 a.yiv8320148751primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8320148751 a.yiv8320148751primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8320148751 a.yiv8320148751primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8320148751 WordPress.com | | |

      • Adam,

        Yes, that’s me. The “press secretary” of the Weinberger campaign.

        I saw your book reviewed yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. I had a hunch this was you and when I googled it and found that your blog listed you as adamjfreedman was even more convinced that it would be. When I squinted at the photo on the blog of you I saw a younger (15 year old Adam) in the photo!!

        I am so glad for you that you followed your passion. You told me at 15 that you were going to “have a life in politics,” (not an exact quote). I never had that exact idea how to follow my passion so I am in business and volunteer in areas in which my passion for community service can be fulfilled.

        Are you living in Chicago or DC?

        Shabbat Shalom


  6. Small world! I live in New York and actually I also have a day job – I work as an in-house lawyer at a company here. I have followed my passion for politics, but had to do so in my spare time!

    • My married daughter lives in Washington Heights. When I am in town for business next would be great to see you again. What company are you with?

  7. Hi Adam – Just finished reading your book A Less Perfect Union. To be quite frank I found the historical section heavy and depressing. This not a criticism. The track record for states rights is dismal. The analysis of current and future options was easier to read. I learned many new things. Will follow your blog with great interest.

  8. Adam, just purchased kindle versions of Naked Constitution and Less Perfect Union as a result of hearing you speak at FedSoc today (01/30/2016). Well done, enjoyed your presentation!

  9. Dear Adam: I am reading your book The Party of the First Part to find an explanation of the phrase habeas corpus. Since I am a retired Latin teacher, I understand that the words mean roughly “you have the/a body” but what still puzzles me is the use of the subjunctive habeas. If there is no conjunction like ut or cum, the subjunctive must be one of the independent types, and depending on the original context, could be translated as “you may have” or “you should have” or even “may you have.” Since you seem to know Latin, can you explain this appearance of the subjunctive in habeas corpus?

  10. Adam if you need a chapter in a new book please contact me. I would love to give you my story similar to the one from the Accounting
    firm in Vegas. 37 years building a company from the dead. 10 million to 130 million added 2 other profitable companies and ousted by the regulators because they didn’t like me.Its very interesting.

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  14. Thank you Mr. Freedman for your battle against monarchy and dictatorship from the left. The left cannot honor the constitution and then reject the morality from which it was written without revealing their inert hypocrisy. I hope you continue the fight, and I encourage you to speak your mind, as I have on Facebook! Please feel free to email me if you ever have time!
    Larry Hill

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