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The conservative legal movement is in the midst of a great debate about its future. For decades, originalism — the idea that the original meaning of the Constitution is binding on today’s interpreters — has been the default theory of legal conservatism, and so it remains. But the meaning of originalism is now in flux, as novel theories have challenged longstanding beliefs about its core philosophical premises. In this podcast, attorney Joel Alicea discusses his essay from our Spring 2015 issue, which dealt with the varying interpretations of originalism and its future in the conservative legal movement.
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