The Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution to be a timeless social contract, providing the foundation for our system of government.  As John Adams said, we have a “government of laws and not of men.”  But Eugene Volokh points out that a publisher is placing the following disclaimer on all its books, including its pocket Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation:

© Wilder Publications 2008

This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.

What does this have to do with the Constitution, which is not some sort of cultural commentary? Perhaps this is the version of the Constitution sitting on university administrators’ desks when they come up with their latest speech code.

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