The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America
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FEATURING ADAM COHEN – The United States Supreme Court is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter of the constitution and of justice in the nation. And for decades, it often made rulings that pushed the nation closer to its stated ideals, one ruling at a time. Until President Richard Nixon came along and appointed four conservative justices in the span of just three years. Since then my guest Adam Cohen argues that the Supreme Court has been a leading force of inequality in the US. Now, with President Trump and his accomplice Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, that rightward shift of the Supreme Court remains stronger than ever.
Adam Cohen, was a member of the New York Times editorial board and senior writer for Time magazine. His earlier book is Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck and Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America. His latest book is Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America.’
**This segment was originally broadcast on April 28, 2020.