There is a very real possibility of a rogue constitutional convention—empowering extremists to radically reshape the Constitution, our laws and our country.
In establishing a centralized government, American elites struggled to find a balance between a top-down system and a system of the people. The arguments that raged in the late 18th century linger with us today.
What lessons did the founding generation take from the American Revolution, and why do we forget the early republican experiments?
During the last such convention in 1787, legislators threw out the entire government and started from scratch. A 21st-century repeat would be an intensely partisan constitutional crisis, experts warn.