My videos on surprising aspects of the origins of the Constitution

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The first is about how Americans’ political rights developed before the American Revolution, and about how it was a primary purpose of the Constitution to protect Americans from tyranny.

The second video is about why Jefferson said that Americans had their own constitution when they still lived in British colonies, before the Revolution.

Will more wind and solar bring energy independence?

In this note in today’s “The Australian” newspaper, I explain why the increased use of wind and solar won’t being Europe increased energy independence – a point also made last week by the head of NATO and, I argue, implied by the International Energy Agency:


Op-ed on the History News Network

I was honored to thave a piece published on the outstanding History News Network, on Consisution Day 2022, in which I argued that the moral and political trauma over the the contitutional status of abortion echoed the moral and politcal trauma over slavery in the earlier days of the United States:

How the Constitution Can Accommodate Divergent Values


15-Minute History Podcast

So exciting to discuss with Jon Streeter and Joe Parker, of the 15-Minute Hitory Podcast, aspects of the history that produced Americans’ perception of their constitution before the American Revolution (as well as other topics)!!!


I’m quoted in The New York Sun


Dean Karayanis quoted some comments that I made at my book launch:

James Philips, author of Two Revolutions and the Constitution, found over 4 million Google search results for the phrase “Trump coup,” questioned that elevation of the unorganized “rabble.”

“Let’s assume,” he said, “that President Trump was so narcissistic and so indifferent to the Constitution that he believed that his desire to win trumped the Constitution [and] would have been happy to use illegal means to retain the presidency.

“Could he have succeeded? Well, no.” President Trump was “never likely to subvert enough people in all the organs of law, government, the military and the media that he would have needed to mount a successful coup.”

January 6, looked at in this light, was the moment our democracy proved its strength. No mob — even several states arming themselves to secede in the 1860s — has proven powerful enough to destroy it.

Interviewed on American Public Broadcasting Service TV channels

Thrilled to have been interviewed by the wonderful Llewelyn King and Linda Gasparello on their program White House Chronicles, distributed on many PBS channels and other platforms, about the origins and importance of the US Constitution, and constitutions generally.

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