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LP The reader is a tricky animal, and a confoundment.
18) Comment on this inconsistency is not novel (19) but it reminds us that, from the start, Charter application jurisprudence has been plagued by judicial insistence on a false positivism with consequent contradiction and confoundment.
Primus uses the first of these chapters, on the Founding era (1764-1791), to suggest that any attempt to locate the rights discourse of the late eighteenth century within the analytical categories of modern academic theory could only be a source of confoundment.