Thanks to Trumpism, there's plenty of interest in the U.S. Constitution. Now that part of the House of Trump collapsed last Friday, more legal experts will be poring over that document to determine if the president can be impeached.
So, it's no surprise that on Abovethelaw.com, lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino brings up the subject of who inspired the founding fathers as they put together the U.S. Constitution. Part of that intellectual muscle, Rubino reports, came from French thought leader Montesquieu. He had published the book "The Spirit of the Law."
That was the kind of tidbit we studied in history of ideas seminars in graduate school. Yes, when the economy was still growing like gangbusters, we Baby Boomers assumed we could take time out from starting a career to learn about how streams of thinking intersected in the 18th century. We actually read the texts by Montesquieu and more.
That erudition made us feel special. The bubble bursts when the MBA students we considered so crass got jobs and we doctoral scholars in the humanities did not. It took us anywhere from 3 to 5 years to land non-academic jobs which paid a living wage. In earnings, most of us never caught up to our peers who hadn't traveled the road of academic excellence.
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