Freedom’s Anchor: An Introduction to Natural Law Jurisprudence in American Constitutional History


Napolitano, Judge Andrew P.


Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. He sat on the bench from 1987 to 1995 and presided over more than 150 jury trials and thousands of motions, sentencings, and hearings. Judge Napolitano taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School for one and a half years, at Seton Hall Law School for 11 years, and at Brooklyn Law School for four years. He was often chosen by the students as their most outstanding professor. As Fox News’s Senior Judicial Analyst from 1997 to 2021, Judge Napolitano gave 14,500 broadcasts nationwide on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property. His newspaper column is seen by millions every week. The Judge is an internationally-recognized expert on the U.S. Constitution and a champion of personal freedom. Freedom’s Anchor is his tenth book.

“There is no one more qualified than Judge Andrew Napolitano to serve as our guide through American legal and political history.”
- Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas)

“Judge Napolitano, as always, brings the Constitution and our individual personal liberties alive – thereby strengthening the active American identities of this and future generations.”
- Nat Hentoff, Historian and Journalist

“If I believed in reincarnation, I would think that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano was one of the great lawyers of the American Revolution come back to inspire us. The Judge is a marvel, and so is his book. If you care about your freedom, read it; buy a stack of copies, and spread the word.”
- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Founder and Chair, Ludwig von Mises Institute

In Freedom’s Anchor, famed legal commentator Judge Andrew P. Napolitano makes the case for using natural law principles to restrain government. Going back to Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, Judge Napolitano identifies the origins of Natural Law Theory and explains its growth and development in English and American law. He argues compellingly that the idea that our rights come from our humanity – and not from social consensus or government – is enshrined in the Ninth Amendment, authored by none other than James Madison himself, the scrivener of the Constitution, and is binding on the courts today.

Freedom’s Anchor is essentially a history of law and power in the United States as seen through the lens of Natural Law Theory. This work traces the Supreme Court’s explicit acceptance and explicit rejection of these principles. For the first time in one volume, Judge Napolitano gives us the universe of all published works in English (and some in Latin and in Spanish) on Natural Law Theory. He has scoured the Supreme Court’s writings and examined all that reflect favorably or unfavorably upon the principles of innate human freedom.

After having published nine previous books on the U.S. constitutional history, this is Judge Napolitano’s magnum opus. It reflects a lifetime of thinking and understanding by one of America’s preeminent legal thinkers. Scholars, judges, and law students will love this book. And non-lawyers who read this book – interested in the courts’ historical treatment of fundamental human freedoms and how we lost them – will say to each other: “Wow. I didn’t know that! There is still hope.”

Law, Political Science, History, American Government, American History, Constitutional Studies, U.S. Constitution, Natural Law
Release Date: 
February 24, 2023
9781680537079 Hardcover
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