Constitutional Ignorance and Democratic Decay: Breaking the Feedback Loop

Constitutional Ignorance and Democratic Decay: Breaking the Feedback Loop

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Tom Gerald Daly, Associate Director, Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law

In September 2014 at the University of Texas, US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas warned of ‘constitutional ignorance’. Exhorting the audience to familiarise themselves with the text of the US Constitution, he stated: ‘I bet you more people have read the instructions on how to use your smart phones than read the Constitution of the United States.’

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