Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Mar 2002, 15:44 p.m.

The Cal Libertarians have put up some flyers around and…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

The Cal Libertarians have put up some flyers around and about campus that picture the Bill of Rights and state, "No Bill of Rights, no government. That was the deal." If I got nothing else out of my political science major, I at least got to nitpick that. The United States did have a government before the various states ratified the Constitution. We spent several years under the Articles of Confederation (the League of Nations of US governments). So, more properly, the flyers should read, "No Bill of Rights, no Constitution," or "No Bill of Rights, no strong central government," or something. But that's sloganeering for you. Can't even trust the Libertarians.