The dirty dozen : how twelve Supreme Court cases radically expanded government and eroded freedom
by Levy, Robert A., 1941-
|Format:||Print Book 2008|
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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.
ContentsPromoting 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 ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
-- Supreme Court
Law -- United States -- Cases.
|Publisher|| New York :Sentinel,2008
Mellor, William H.
xviii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.