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-lawyer¬'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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The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

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Levy (senior fellow, Cato Inst.) and Mellor (president & general counsel, Inst. for Justice), both affiliated with libertarian think tanks, have chosen 12 Supreme Court cases that, in their opinion ... Read full review

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The Dirty Dozen is a must read! Before reading the Dirty Dozen I never gave much thought on the power the 12 Justices have on our freedom. Their opinions are the final say on what should be and what ... Read full review

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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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