The dirty dozen : how twelve Supreme Court cases radically expanded government and eroded freedom

by Levy, Robert A., 1941-

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A non-lawyeras guide to the worst Supreme Court decisions of the modern era "The Dirty Dozen" takes on twelve Supreme Court cases that changed American historyaand yet are not well known to most Americans. Starting in the New Deal era, the Court has allowed breathtaking expansions of government power that significantly reduced individual rights and abandoned limited federal government as envisioned by the founders. For example: a[ "Helvering v. Davis" (1937) allowed the government to take money from some and give it to others, without any meaningful constraints a[ "Wickard v. Filburn" (1942) let Congress use the interstate commerce clause to regulate even the most trivial activitiesaneither interstate nor commerce a[ "Kelo v. City of New London" (2005) declared that the government can seize private property and transfer it to another private owner Levy and Mellor untangle complex Court opinions to explain how "The Dirty Dozen" harmed ordinary Americans. They argue for a Supreme Court that will enforce what the Constitution actually says about civil liberties, property rights, racial preferences, gun ownership, and many other controversial issues.
Promoting the general welfare
Regulating interstate commerce
Rescinding private contracts
Lawmaking by administrative agencies
Campaign finance reform and free speech
Gun owners' rights
Civil liberties versus national security
Asset forfeiture without due process
Eminent domain for private use
Taking property by regulation
Earning an honest living
Equal protection and racial preferences.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cato Institute senior fellow Levy and lawyer Mellor, in this excellent examination of twelve far-reaching Supreme Court cases and their consequences, force readers to question the direction in which the judiciary has led our country over the past century--and possibly their own attitudes toward the federal government. The authors deftly navigate the complicated proceedings without slipping into lawyer-speak, while unapologetically leaning on their libertarian sentiments to color their commentary and analysis. Though the writers defend well their claim that the dozen cases under discussion--with a number of "dishonorable mentions" and an appendix each for Roe v. Wade and Bush v. Gore--have expanded the federal government and eroded civil liberties, one can't help but feel a creeping sense of arrogance when Levy and Mellor assert repeatedly that they know how the Constitution's authors would view the document were they alive today. Still, the authors' canny investigation into the Supreme Court should call into doubt some of the staid political viewpoints readers may have taken too long for granted. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Supreme Court -- Cases.
Law -- United States -- Cases.
Publisher New York :Sentinel,2008
Contributors Mellor, William H.
Language English
Description xviii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781595230508
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