Constitution 201:  “The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism”


Hillsdale’s Constitution 101 “The Meaning and History of the Constitution” was a superb,educational course, and now Hillsdale is taking registration for Constitution 201, which will begin September 4th, 2012. The 10 week, weekly video classes will be taught by Hillsdale President, Larry Arnn, Ronald J. Pestritto, Thomas G. West, William Morrisey, Kevin Portteus, and John Grant. The course description:

“This new 10-week online course taught by Hillsdale College professors will examine American progressivism: its historical roots and principles; its rejection of America’s founding principles and Constitution; its political successes in the New Deal, the Great Society, and in recent years; the ongoing political debate between progressives and conservatives; and the chance of a constitutional revival.

Important: Even if you did not have time to finish our first course, you can still sign up for Constitution 201.

Constitution 201 is available free of charge to all who wish to sign up, although there is a suggested donation of $50 to help cover the expense of making this course available to all Americans.”


I urge everyone to enroll: this is an opportunity of a lifetime to receive instruction of the highest caliber concerning our Republic’s foundational document. Constitutional knowledge should be imperative for every citizen, and Hilldale’s Constitution 201 will be an excellent means to that end. This course is just one of many taught at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Center for  Constitutional Studies in Washington, D.C.

The Center, like Hillsdale, exists and operates without any government dollars. The Kirby Center strives to “…advance the principles and ideas that have made America free and prosperous. We seek to foster a deliberation about citizenship and the Constitution that restores a framework of first principles to our national debate. To that end, we sponsor Programs that engage students, citizens, public servants, policymakers and scholars.”

One last recommendation…time allowing, a wonderful prep for this Constitution course would be The Heritage Foundation’sFirst Principles Series“. Heritage also has a comprehensive Guide to the Constitution online.

Remember, if we wish to “reapply founding principles”, we would do well to know our Constitution and our founding principles, and know them well! Larry Arnn and Hillsdale are intent on making that education possible:  you would be wise to take advantage.