Three Mistakes About Interpretation

The single most important word in modem constitutional theory is “interpretation.” The single most confusing word in modem constitutional theory is “interpretation.” What accounts for this unhappy state of affairs?

I will try to show that Barry Friedman’s assertions, as well as others that are but rephrasings of the same basic ideas, are not the common sense truths that so many constitutional theorists assume them to be, but are instead the products of an extraordinarily confused and ultimately incoherent set of assumptions regarding the interpretation of language.