The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom
, 2008 - History
- 302 pages
A non-lawyerÂ's guide to the worst Supreme Court decisions of the modern era
The Dirty Dozen takes on twelve Supreme Court cases that changed American historyÂ—and 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.
Â• Helvering v. Davis (1937) allowed the government to take money from some and give it to others, without any meaningful constraints
Â• Wickard v. Filburn (1942) let Congress use the interstate commerce clause to regulate even the most trivial activitiesÂ—neither interstate nor commerce
Â• 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.