The Dirty Dozen

How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

Author: Robert A. Levy,William Mellor

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 1935308327

Category: Law

Page: 302

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Alexander Hamilton wrote that “the judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution.” If only that were true. The Founding Fathers wanted the judicial branch to serve as a check on the power of the legislative and executive, and gave the Supreme Court the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution in a way that would safeguard individual freedoms. In some cases, like Brown V. Board of Education and United States V. Lopez, the Court fulfilled its role, protecting us from racial discrimination and the heavy hand of the federal government. But sadly, the Supreme Court has also handed down many destructive decisions on cases you probably never learned about in school. In The Dirty Dozen, two distinguished legal scholars shed light on the twelve worst cases, which allowed government to interfere in your private contractual agreements; curtail your rights to criticize or support political candidates; arrest and imprison you indefinitely, without filing charges; and seize your private property, without compensation, when someone uses the property for criminal activity—even if you don’t know about it! This is not a book just for lawyers. It’s for all Americans who want to understand how the Supreme Court can affect our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This paperback edition includes a new preface, “Guns, Bailouts, and Empathetic Judges,” which highlights new and critical issues that have arisen since the book’s initial edition was published in 2008.
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Karla Marx and the Man-Haters

Author: Marshall Rockford Goodman

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1312431164

Category: History

Page: N.A

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From Karl Marx (who compiled "Manifesto of the Communist Party" in 1848) to Karla Marx (which personifies today's radical feminism), talk of liberation and equality conceals authoritarian goals. Updated clichés and recycled doctrine now pass for enlightenment. Karla Marx will gain ever higher levels of totalitarian power unless her true intentions and associations are revealed. She relies on our ignorance and apathy. "Karla Marx and the Man-haters" seeks to counter that strategy. With eye-opening revelations, "Karla Marx and the Man-haters" explores feminism, past and present, in seven definitive chapters: Politics, Family, Media, Government, Education, Finance and Religion. Hundreds of quotes and more than 400 sources are cited. The author has been active in gender issues since the early ‘90s and has written widely on related topics. In this work, he has compiled a peerless, long overdue option for emerging men’s studies, Western history, politics and more. Please take a moment to peruse the book preview.
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Freedom's Progress?

Author: Gerard Casey

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1845409604

Category: Philosophy

Page: 969

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In Freedom's Progress?, Gerard Casey argues that the progress of freedom has largely consisted in an intermittent and imperfect transition from tribalism to individualism, from the primacy of the collective to the fragile centrality of the individual person and of freedom. Such a transition is, he argues, neither automatic nor complete, nor are relapses to tribalism impossible. The reason for the fragility of freedom is simple: the importance of individual freedom is simply not obvious to everyone. Most people want security in this world, not liberty. 'Libertarians,' writes Max Eastman, 'used to tell us that "the love of freedom is the strongest of political motives," but recent events have taught us the extravagance of this opinion. The "herd-instinct" and the yearning for paternal authority are often as strong. Indeed the tendency of men to gang up under a leader and submit to his will is of all political traits the best attested by history.' The charm of the collective exercises a perennial magnetic attraction for the human spirit. In the 20th century, Fascism, Bolshevism and National Socialism were, Casey argues, each of them a return to tribalism in one form or another and many aspects of our current Western welfare states continue to embody tribalist impulses. Thinkers you would expect to feature in a history of political thought feature in this book - Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Mill and Marx - but you will also find thinkers treated in Freedom's Progress? who don't usually show up in standard accounts - Johannes Althusius, Immanuel Kant, William Godwin, Max Stirner, Joseph Proudhon, Mikhail Bakunin, Pyotr Kropotkin, Josiah Warren, Benjamin Tucker and Auberon Herbert. Freedom's Progress? also contains discussions of the broader social and cultural contexts in which politics takes its place, with chapters on slavery, Christianity, the universities, cities, Feudalism, law, kingship, the Reformation, the English Revolution and what Casey calls Twentieth Century Tribalisms - Bolshevism, Fascism and National Socialism and an extensive chapter on human prehistory.
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Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

Author: Tara Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316404730

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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How should courts interpret the law? While all agree that courts must be objective, people differ sharply over what this demands in practice: fidelity to the text? To the will of the people? To certain moral ideals? In Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System, Tara Smith breaks through the false dichotomies inherent in dominant theories - various forms of originalism, living constitutionalism, and minimalism - to present a new approach to judicial review. She contends that we cannot assess judicial review in isolation from the larger enterprise of which it is a part. By providing careful clarification of both the function of the legal system as well as of objectivity itself, she produces a compelling, firmly grounded account of genuinely objective judicial review. Smith's innovative approach marks a welcome advance for anyone interested in legal objectivity and individual rights.
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Public Choice Concepts and Applications in Law

Author: Maxwell L. Stearns,Todd J. Zywicki

Publisher: West Academic Publishing

ISBN: 9780314177223

Category: Law

Page: 601

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"Public Choice Concepts and Applications in Law is a terrific introductory book for law students and a valuable analytic resource for professors, whether veterans or newcomers to the field. Stearns and Zywicki break down the subject into freestanding components, allowing the reader to think about courts, legislatures, voters, and agencies in ways unimagined by anyone unfamiliar with the basic tools of public choice. Cases, articles, and classic insights are brought together in a way that truly makes this a volume about the application of public choice tools to legal doctrines. There is nothing like it." --Saul Levmore, William B. Graham Professor of Law, University of Chicago
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