Monday, March 17, 2008

Supreme Court, Inc.

Jeffrey Rosen, writing in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, has a great piece concerning how the Supreme Court has become a pro-business (and "anti-consumer") court over the past 35 years.

Though the current Supreme Court has a well-earned reputation for divisiveness, it has been surprisingly united in cases affecting business interests. Of the 30 business cases last term, 22 were decided unanimously, or with only one or two dissenting votes. In opinions last term, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and David Souter each went out of his or her way to question the use of lawsuits to challenge corporate wrongdoing [...]
Highly recommended reading. Any article that states, "One thing, however, is certain already: the transformation of the court was no accident. It represents the culmination of a carefully planned, behind-the-scenes campaign over several decades to change not only the courts but also the country’s political culture," brings tears to my power-elite eyes.

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