Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“Meticulously researched and engagingly written...a comprehensive indictment of the court’s rulings in areas ranging from campaign finance and voting rights to poverty law and criminal justice.” (Financial Times)
A revelatory examination of the conservative direction of the Supreme Court over the last 50 years.
In Supreme Inequality, best-selling author Adam Cohen surveys the most significant Supreme Court rulings since the Nixon era and exposes how, contrary to what Americans like to believe, the Supreme Court does little to protect the rights of the poor and disadvantaged; in fact, it has not been on their side for 50 years. Cohen proves beyond doubt that the modern Court has been one of the leading forces behind the nation’s soaring level of economic inequality, and that an institution revered as a source of fairness has been systematically making America less fair.
A triumph of American legal, political, and social history, Supreme Inequality holds to account the highest court in the land and shows how much damage it has done to America’s ideals of equality, democracy, and justice for all.
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 25, 2020|
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#27,959 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#41 in United States Judicial Branch
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While I was in law school, we frequently discussed the breakdown of the Supreme Courts rulings: who voted which way, who dissented, which opinions were important, and why. But we never did it through an overarching lens like this book provides.
“For five decades, the Court has, with striking regularity, sided with the rich and powerful against the poor and weak, in virtually every area of the law. … [T]wisting the law to rule against employment discrimination victims… campaign finance law… election law… corporate law… criminal law… [O]n a wide variety of issues, the Court has ruled, often cruelly, against the poor. … [I]n the aggregate they add up to … a systematic rewriting of society’s rules to favor those at the top and disadvantage those in the middle and at the bottom. … [M]ore liberal rulings have generally been on social issues.”
The day democracy died in this country is the day Mitch McConnell announced he would not permit Barack Obama to appoint a justice to the Supreme Court. And now I understand why. “If Garland had been confirmed, the Court would have had its first liberal majority since Nixon’s presidency. … Republicans have made the Court a focus of their politics in a way Democrats have not, and they have come to look on it with a sense of entitlement. … The current Court, after years of being carefully constructed in this way, seems more like a political body than a legal one."
Since 1969, there have been only conservative chief justices. Since 1972, they “have consistently had conservative majorities behind them. … The post-1969 Court has been working unrelentingly to protect the wealthy and powerful, and to make the nation more hierarchical and exclusionary—and it has been succeeding. When it comes to the law and its many consequences for society, we are all living in Nixon’s America now.”
Conservatives have packed the Supreme Court and lower courts. To counter the problem, which will take us decades, we must first understand it. Let’s start now.
BOTTOM LINE: Bernie Supporters! Democrats! Liberals! Thinkers! This book is for you.
As a legal analysis, obviously Cohen has selected the cases that prove his point, but he has chosen from a wide variety of cases, including those with implications in the criminal, civil, and election arenas.
Cohen has subtitled his book "The Supreme Court's fifty-year battle for a more unjust America", and he demonstrates this very well as he shows how the court, starting with the Burger years (1969-1986) were the origins of the conservative revolution and a focus on financial interests of companies and white collar executives rather than the poor and indigent that the Warren court (1953-1969) focused on.
If I only had one book on the history of the court to read this year, this would be it - I think it does a wonderful job of demonstrating how the conservatives, as personified in the judiciary, have continued to drive this country to the right and ensure that the 1% remains just that - a haven for the rich & privileged.