"The truth about the Second Amendment is something that liberals cannot bear to admit: The right wing is right. The amendment does confer an individual right to bear arms, and its very presence makes effective gun control in this country all but impossible."

—Daniel Lazare in "Your Constitution Is Killing You," an essay in the October Harper's. Lazare, author of The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy (Harcourt Brace), argues that the Second Amendment and other elements of the Constitution are outmoded and need to be scrapped.

"A six-year study of 45,000 high school students by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that violent assaults, weapons possession, and even old-fashion bareknuckle fighting are down dramatically in the U.S. Since sales of hip-hop and metal-based rock have never been higher, doesn't this mean the music should get the credit?"

Rock & Rap Confidential, October