My review of the book How “Less” is “More”: The biggest constitutional mystery in our nation’s history.

LaVergne walks the reader deliberately and meticulously through hundreds of years of legal history, demonstrating how the United States Constitution’s original Article the First has already been the law of the land for more than two centuries. He takes the reader all the way back to the original source documents, as stored in the national and various state archives. The reader is encouraged, and given specific instructions on how, to see the original documents for themselves.

So why hasn’t it been recognized? Because copy machines didn’t exist in the 1700s. After ratification, the humans who duplicated the original document by hand made a typo that profoundly changed its meaning. That mistake has propagated its way through history, as if it were the truth. But misunderstanding the truth does not change it. It’s already the law.

Article the First states that a United States Congressperson must represent no more than 50,000 people. Must. The United States House of Representatives currently has around 450 members, each representing more than 700,000 people. This means that there should actually be more than 6,000 members. While buying off 450 politicians might be manageable to the 1%, buying off 6,000 is not. And in one fell swoop, overturning Citizen’s United is no longer as important, and our government is truly given back to the people in what LaVergne calls a “bloodless revolution.”

Article the First is not recognized as law of the land because if it were, the political elite wouldn’t be so elite anymore. LaVergne’s book is the most important and intriguing constitutional mystery in our nation’s history, and the culmination of decades of dedication and research in the face of incredible resistance by those in power.

Can’t recommend it enough.

Eugene LaVergne is the brother of Fred LaVergne, The Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey third district. I am an avid supporter of Fred.

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