The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

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Penguin, 2008 - History - 302 pages
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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 history—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.

For example:
• Helvering v. Davis (1937) allowed the government to take money from some and give it to others, without any meaningful constraints
• Wickard v. Filburn (1942) let Congress use the interstate commerce clause to regulate even the most trivial activities—neither interstate nor commerce
• 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.
  

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Review: The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

Fascinating! There is a reason this is a "libertarian" read -- its about the US Constitution. The SCOTUS reasoning made for each case is scant compared to the overwhelming and well documented reasoning disputing the constitutionality of the resulting decisions. Read full review

Review: The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

User Review  - Sean Rosenthal - Goodreads

Interesting Quotes: "[T]wo federal government agencies recently examined gun controls and found no statistically significant evidence to support their effectiveness. In 2004 the National Academy of ... Read full review

Contents

HOW THE SUPREME COURT HAS AMENDED THE CONSTITUTION
HOW WE SELECTED THE CASES
HOW THE BOOK IS ORGANIZED
HOW WE INTERPRET THE CONSTITUTION
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?

WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
WHAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE?
WHAT WERE THE FACTS?
WHERE DID THE COURT GO WRONG?
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
TEXTUALISM VERSUS THE LIVING CONSTITUTION
THE RUBBERSTAMP JUDICIARY
THE NEED FOR JUDICIAL ENGAGEMENT
Article I
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article V
Article VII
Amendment I
Amendment VI
Amendment XII13
Amendment XIV16
Amendment XVI18
Amendment XX22
Amendment XXII24
Amendment XXV27
Amendment XXVI28
EXPANDING GOVERNMENT
ERODING FREEDOM
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Robert A. Levy is senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other publications. William Mellor is the president and general counsel of the Institute for Justice. He litigates constitutional cases involving economic liberty, property rights, school choice, and free speech.

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