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Putting Senator Davies in Context, 4 VERMONT L. REV. 233 (1979)


Senator Davies, by his own testimony, stands convicted of having
committed an original idea. The Nonprimacy of Statutes Act is
something new under the sun. By way of analogy it is tempting to
think of the first appearance of such major heresies as the ideas that
the earth is round and revolves around the sun. The temptation
must, however, be resisted. The size, shape and mobility of our
planet have presumably always been much as they are today; there
is no reason to believe that they will ever change appreciably, short
of the apocalyptic moment when the laws of thermodynamics impose
their final solution. But ideas about the law (or about legal
systems) do not have such a comforting aura of eternal truth.

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