Splitting the atom of property: Rights experimentalism as obligation to future generations

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Abstract

The Framers split the atom of sovereignty. It was the genius of their idea that our citizens would have two political capacities, one state and one federal, each protected from incursion by the other. The resulting Constitution created a legal system unprecedented in form and design, establishing two orders of government, each with its own direct relationship, its own privity, its own set of mutual rights and obligations to the people who sustain it and are governed by it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1411-1477
Number of pages67
JournalGeorge Washington Law Review
Volume77
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

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