Radicals in Robes

  • Filename: radicals-in-robes.
  • ISBN: 0786734892
  • Release Date: 2009-04-28
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Cass R. Sunstein
  • Publisher: Basic Books

Praised as a must-have primer during the Roberts and Alito hearings, Radicals in Robes offers a rigorous yet accessible analysis of what’s at stake in the judiciary choices made during these warring days of the Warren/Rehnquist legacy. Radicals in Robes pulls away the veil of rhetoric from a dangerous and radical movement and issues a strong and passionate warning about what conservatives really intend.

Summary of Radicals in Robes Why Extreme Right Wing Courts are Wrong for America Cass R Sunstein

  • Filename: summary-of-radicals-in-robes-why-extreme-right-wing-courts-are-wrong-for-america-cass-r-sunstein.
  • ISBN: 9782511001523
  • Release Date: 2013-06-21
  • Number of pages: 10
  • Author: Capitol Reader
  • Publisher: Primento

This ebook consists of a summary of the ideas, viewpoints and facts presented by Cass R. Sunstein in his book “Radicals in Robes, Why Extreme Right-wing Courts are Wrong for America”. This summary offers a concise overview of the entire book in less than 30 minutes reading time. However this work does not replace in any case Cass R. Sunstein’s book. Sunstein defines the predominant theories of constitutional interpretation, he also analyses the current state of the Supreme Court on various matters and offers views on the implication of these movements if changes were to occur.


  • Filename: originalism.
  • ISBN: 1596980605
  • Release Date: 2007-08-21
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Steven G. Calabresi
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing

What did the Constitution mean at the time it was adopted? How should we interpret today the words used by the Founding Fathers? In ORIGINALISM: A QUARTER-CENTURY OF DEBATE, these questions are explained and dissected by the very people who continue to shape the legal structure of our country. Inside you'll find: *A foreword by Justice Antonin Scalia and speeches by former attorney general Edwin Meese III, Justice William Brennan, Judge Robert H. Bork, and President Ronald Reagan *Transcripts from panel discussions and debates engaging some of the brightest legal minds of our time in fran.

Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court

  • Filename: religious-freedom-and-the-supreme-court.
  • ISBN: 1602581606
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 1202
  • Author: Ronald Bruce Flowers
  • Publisher:

Examines the Supreme Court's treatment of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment through studies of significant decisions from the 20th and 21st centuries.

America in Conflict

  • Filename: america-in-conflict.
  • ISBN: 0761837191
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Rogene A. Buchholz
  • Publisher: University Press of America

This book analyzes the values divide in modern America by examining the different values at stake in major policy areas, such as the war in Iraq where traditional reasons for going to war have been usurped by the Bush doctrine of preemption. The involvement of the religious right in politics also involves value issues including the separation of church and state. Other values concerned in the divide, such as a balance between freedom and security in our response to terrorism on American soil, fairness and equity in our taxation policies, and the values at stake in solving our environmental problems are explored in depth. The final section has a chapter devoted to the revitalization of democracy in America, and a concluding chapter discussing what the second term of the Bush administration means to America.

The Second Amendment

  • Filename: the-second-amendment.
  • ISBN: 9781476747460
  • Release Date: 2014-05-20
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Michael Waldman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Widely acclaimed at the time of its publication, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights. At a time of increasing gun violence in America, Waldman’s book provoked a wide range of discussion. This book looks at history to provide some surprising, illuminating answers. The Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve. Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present. As the country spread to the Western frontier, violence spread too. But through it all, gun control was abundant. In the twentieth century, with Prohibition and gangsterism, the first federal control laws were passed. In all four separate times the Supreme Court ruled against a constitutional right to own a gun. The present debate picked up in the 1970s—part of a backlash to the liberal 1960s and a resurgence of libertarianism. A newly radicalized NRA entered the campaign to oppose gun control and elevate the status of an obscure constitutional provision. In 2008, in a case that reached the Court after a focused drive by conservative lawyers, the US Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution protects an individual right to gun ownership. Famous for his theory of “originalism,” Justice Antonin Scalia twisted it in this instance to base his argument on contemporary conditions. In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman shows that our view of the amendment is set, at each stage, not by a pristine constitutional text, but by the push and pull, the rough and tumble of political advocacy and public agitation.

Going to Extremes

  • Filename: going-to-extremes.
  • ISBN: 019979314X
  • Release Date: 2009-05-13
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Cass R. Sunstein
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Why do people become extremists? What makes people become so dismissive of opposing views? Why is political and cultural polarization so pervasive in America? In Going to Extremes, renowned legal scholar and best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein offers startling insights into why and when people gravitate toward extremism. Sunstein marshals a wealth of evidence that shows that when like-minded people gather in groups, they tend to become more extreme in their views than they were before. Thus when liberals group get together to debate climate change, they end up more alarmed about climate change, while conservatives brought together to discuss same-sex unions become more set against same-sex unions. In courtrooms, radio stations, and chatrooms, enclaves of like-minded people are breeding ground for extreme movements. Indeed, Sunstein shows that a good way to create an extremist group, or a cult of any kind, is to separate members from the rest of society, either physically or psychologically. Sunstein's findings help to explain such diverse phenomena as political outrage on the Internet, unanticipated "blockbusters" in the film and music industry, the success of the disability rights movement, ethnic conflict in Iraq and former Yugoslavia, and Islamic terrorism. Providing a wealth of real-world examples--sometimes entertaining, sometimes alarming--Sunstein offers a fresh explanation of why partisanship has become so bitter and debate so rancorous in America and abroad. Praise for the hardcover: "A path-breaking exploration of the perils and possibilities created by polarization among the like-minded." --Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-author of unSpun and Echo Chamber "Poses a powerful challenge to anyone concerned with the future of our democracy. He reveals the dark side to our cherished freedoms of thought, expression and participation. Initiates an urgent dialogue which any thoughtful citizen should be interested in." --James S. Fishkin, author of When the People Speak


  • Filename: infotopia.
  • ISBN: 0199740976
  • Release Date: 2006-08-24
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Cass R. Sunstein
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

The rise of the "information society" offers not only considerable peril but also great promise. Beset from all sides by a never-ending barrage of media, how can we ensure that the most accurate information emerges and is heeded? In this book, Cass R. Sunstein develops a deeply optimistic understanding of the human potential to pool information, and to use that knowledge to improve our lives. In an age of information overload, it is easy to fall back on our own prejudices and insulate ourselves with comforting opinions that reaffirm our core beliefs. Crowds quickly become mobs. The justification for the Iraq war, the collapse of Enron, the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia--all of these resulted from decisions made by leaders and groups trapped in "information cocoons," shielded from information at odds with their preconceptions. How can leaders and ordinary people challenge insular decision making and gain access to the sum of human knowledge? Stunning new ways to share and aggregate information, many Internet-based, are helping companies, schools, governments, and individuals not only to acquire, but also to create, ever-growing bodies of accurate knowledge. Through a ceaseless flurry of self-correcting exchanges, wikis, covering everything from politics and business plans to sports and science fiction subcultures, amass--and refine--information. Open-source software enables large numbers of people to participate in technological development. Prediction markets aggregate information in a way that allows companies, ranging from computer manufacturers to Hollywood studios, to make better decisions about product launches and office openings. Sunstein shows how people can assimilate aggregated information without succumbing to the dangers of the herd mentality--and when and why the new aggregation techniques are so astoundingly accurate. In a world where opinion and anecdote increasingly compete on equal footing with hard evidence, the on-line effort of many minds coming together might well provide the best path to infotopia.

The Judicial Branch of Federal Government

  • Filename: the-judicial-branch-of-federal-government.
  • ISBN: 9781851097029
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 441
  • Author: Charles L. Zelden
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Examines the history and daily operations of the courts, discussing their role, pyramid structure, relationship with the other branches of government, important personnel, and key decisions over their two-hundred-year history.

Active Liberty

  • Filename: active-liberty.
  • ISBN: 0307424618
  • Release Date: 2007-12-18
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Stephen Breyer
  • Publisher: Vintage

A brilliant new approach to the Constitution and courts of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.For Justice Breyer, the Constitution’s primary role is to preserve and encourage what he calls “active liberty”: citizen participation in shaping government and its laws. As this book argues, promoting active liberty requires judicial modesty and deference to Congress; it also means recognizing the changing needs and demands of the populace. Indeed, the Constitution’s lasting brilliance is that its principles may be adapted to cope with unanticipated situations, and Breyer makes a powerful case against treating it as a static guide intended for a world that is dead and gone. Using contemporary examples from federalism to privacy to affirmative action, this is a vital contribution to the ongoing debate over the role and power of our courts. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Men in Black

  • Filename: men-in-black.
  • ISBN: 1596980095
  • Release Date: 2006-08-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Mark R. Levin
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing

Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R. Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting the ideals of America's founding fathers. The court, in Levin's estimation, pursues an ideology-based activist agenda that oversteps its authority within the government. Levin examines several decisions in the court's history to illustrate his point, beginning with the landmark Marbury v. Madison case, wherein the court granted itself the power to declare acts of the other branches of government unconstitutional. He devotes later chapters to other key cases culminating in modern issues such as same-sex marriage and the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill. Like effective attorneys do, Levin packs in copious research material and delivers his points with tremendous vigor, excoriating the justices for instances where he feels strict constit utional constructivism gave way to biased interpretation. But Levin's definition of "activism" seems inconsistent. In the case of McCain-Feingold, the court declined to rule on a bill already passed by congress and signed by the president, but Levin, who thinks the bill violates the First Amendment, still accuses them of activism even when they were actually passive. To his talk-radio listeners, Levin's hard-charging style and dire warnings of the court's direction will strike a resonant tone of alarm, though the hyperbole may be a bit off-putting to the uninitiated. As an attack on the vagaries of decisions rendered by the Supreme Court and on some current justices, Men in Black scores points and will likely lead sympathetic juries to conviction. -

Rules for Radicals

  • Filename: rules-for-radicals.
  • ISBN: 0307756890
  • Release Date: 2010-06-30
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Saul Alinsky
  • Publisher: Vintage

First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Are Judges Political

  • Filename: are-judges-political.
  • ISBN: 0815782357
  • Release Date: 2007-02-01
  • Number of pages: 177
  • Author: Cass R. Sunstein
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

For example, do judges who find themselves a minority of one behave differently than those who hold either a 2-1 or 3-0 edge?"

Justice in Robes

  • Filename: justice-in-robes.
  • ISBN: 0674021673
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: Ronald Dworkin
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

How should a judge's moral convictions bear on his judgments about what the law is? In these essays, Dworkin charts a variety of dimensions in which law and morals are interwoven. He argues that pragmatism is empty as a theory of law, and that value pluralism misunderstands the nature of moral concepts.

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