Professor Carlton Larson, the author of ON TREASON, discusses his book. Treason is not as simple as we think. He also talks about the election.
Carlton Larson gives a real overview of treason
Professor Carlson Larson visited us to discuss his new book On Treason: A Citizen’s Guide to the Law, an important read in a time when the word treason is used too liberally. He did not disappoint.
I wanted to discuss the current election and our body politic before getting into the book. The professor was kind enough to oblige.
Carlson clarifies that even as the section of the constitution describing treason seems simple, that could not be further from the truth. During our discussion, I attempted to define several of Donald Trump’s bad acts as treason. The professor made it clear that none qualified, and he detailed the reason why.
There many points the professor wanted to make clear.
- Why in the last 65 years, there has been 1 person indicted in America for treason and 0 convictions for treason. Why did you feel the need to write ON TREASON now?
- How does America’s experience with treason law over the past 250 years help explain the country’s history?
- How is American treason law distinctive?
- If he could rewrite the constitutional clause concerning treason any way you wanted to, what would you change?
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