Intergenerational Justice in the United States Constitution,
The Stewardship Doctrine:
Introduction - page 2


Part I of this article provides an overview of intergenerational philosophy as it developed in Western culture prior to the American revolution. Special attention is paid to property rights and to the treatment of land and other natural resources. Part II focuses on the founders' own philosophies of intergenerational justice, as articulated in books, articles, letters and other period documents. Part III explicates the specific constitutional provisions which support an intergenerational stewardship doctrine . Part IV reviews some areas of public policy implicated by the doctrine, proposes general guidelines for public and private conduct, and suggests appropriate standards of judicial review. Part V responds to some of the philosophic and legal objections most likely to be raised in response to the proposed stewardship doctrine, and Part VI provides a summary and conclusions.

Section: Topics:
Introduction Taking Turns, Intro   The Stewardship Doctrine: Intro page 2
I. Historical overview Edmund Burke, "original intent"
A  Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Old Testament.
Greece and Rome
The Old Testament
Plato Cicero Augustine  The Covenant  Leviticus and John Quincy Adams
B The New Testament and the Christian Church. St. Thomas Aquinas,
C English Rights Documents Magna Carta
D Sidney and Locke.
Preservation of the Species
Acting as tenants
Eschewing spoilage, waste, and destruction
Leaving enough behind.
English rights theorists, Algernon Sidney   John Locke Preservation of the Species  Locke Second Treatise  Generational Sovereignty
II. The intergenerational philosophy of the founders and their contemporaries
A  A Pervasive Concern for Future Generations.
Concern for future generations Common Sense  Reflections on the Revolution in France  Thomas Paine and Rights of Man  Iroquois constitution
B Generational Sovereignty and the Land - The Earth as Intergenerational Commons
Land vs. Improvements
The Earth as Intergenerational Commons   Jefferson's Usufruct  Topsoil depletion  Entail  Intergenerational property rights
C ‘Inalienable’ Rights. unalienable rights Virginia Declaration Rights of Englishmen George Mason and James Madison  Declaration of Independence  
D Generational Sovereignty and the Laws - The Right of Reconstitution Alexander Hamilton Thomas Jefferson James Madison Founding Fathers  
E Generational Sovereignty and Economic Rights - The Question of Inherited Public Debt. Jefferson and Public Debt
III. Constitutional Text  
A The Preamble. Preamble's posterity clause  Preamble
B The Nobility Clauses - Constitutional Prohibitions of Intergenerational Advantage Intergenerational Advantage Nobility and privelege  Corporate ownership
C Corruption of Blood’ and the Civil War Amendments - Constitutional Prohibitions of Intergenerational Disadvantage Slaveholder "property rights'  13th and 14th Amendments Madison's  factions  Roe vs Wade

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Sites discussing Stewardship:
(with a variety of points of view)

Wisconsin Stewardship Network a list of stewardship sites
Land Stewardship Project
Stewardship in the Christian context.


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