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Our Corrupt Supreme Court

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In each case, they sided with the interests of the strong over the weak. In each case, one might say, the Court acted in service of the Slave Power. That's literally so in the case of Dred Scott and Plessy (the spirit of Slave Power having be restored to dominance in the South even after the official abolition of slavery).  In the modern cases, the connection with enslavement -- dominance and exploitation -- is more metaphorical.  In Bush V. Gore the majority served the political side that represented the corporate system and the plutocracy, the side that was eager to give more than $1 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthiest, that would cripple the regulation of the financial system and protections for the environment, and would funnel more of our national wealth to big oil.

In spirit, the Slave Power is back, and back in control of the Supreme Court. So long as these recent decisions stand, America seems destined to continue to evolve toward ever-greater control over our government by ever-greater concentrations of wealth, and the corresponding diminution of the political say, and the life prospects, of the many millions who toil for less than their fair share of the fruits of their labor.

Circumstances change, but the patterns continue. And in our times, a dark pattern of injustice has taken over what is supposed to be the highest court of justice in the land.

The question "What is justice?" is the overriding theme of the classical work that founded political philosophy:  Plato's Republic. The first answer given in Plato's famous dialogue is provided by a character named Thrasymachus. Depicted by Plato as a bully, Thrasymachus gives the infamous answer to the question, "Justice is the advantage of the stronger." Plato presents this unappealing man giving this unappealing answer in order to refute and discredit that argument.

In America today, regrettably, the highest court in the land -- the Roberts Court -- has institutionalized the kind of justice -- the very opposite of real justice--that Thrasymachus propounded.

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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The (more...)
 

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Schmookler for Congress! Why stop there? Schmookle... by Charles Roll on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:18:39 PM
And still,...no petitions to start impeachment he... by Bob Davey on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:22:45 PM
I'm afraid that terrible decisions are not impeach... by Andrew Schmookler on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:36:17 PM
Andrew, Samuel Chase was impeached in 1804 for p... by Bob Davey on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:04:40 PM
Interesting about the Chase impeachment. However,... by Andrew Schmookler on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:42:55 PM
We would do well to threaten to pack the court. Ob... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:47:27 PM
Pal,  I think somebody has to die first. ... by Bob Davey on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:06:54 PM
Didn't Justice Thomas lie under oath when he was ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:55:17 AM
You said you can do that right now?  Go right... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:33:02 AM
I can't do it, we can. And in order to do it eas... by BFalcon on Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:40:28 PM
"WE" could do a lot of things if "WE" would but "W... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:08:47 AM
Not we that include me. ... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:28:15 AM
If they have ruled the other way, they might have ... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:44:35 PM
That's funny, I was thinking the exact opposite. I... by Bob Davey on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:20:16 AM
What good is the majority vote if we have to choos... by Shireen Parsons on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:00:54 PM
We do not have the power to select the candidates,... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:47:06 PM
Looks like a matter of who the judges are and how ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:25:36 AM
Petitions, petitions, petitions. They are everywhe... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:42:46 PM
At least it's a beginning. Every battle has to sta... by Bob Davey on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:08:15 PM
Don't deny it. Petitions take a lot of time, money... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:26:26 AM
Yeah, petitions,..yuck. Occasionally they provid... by Bob Davey on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:14:06 AM
If we cannot imagine justice as the fair treatmen... by Arianna Marie Cigolini on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:00:24 PM
The Constitution gives the governors the right to ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:53:10 PM
Yes, they did say  "all men are created equal... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:23:40 PM
Wonderful article here, and remember, Plato also ... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:39:50 PM
Pal, How many more "constitutional amendments" w... by Bob Davey on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:38:58 PM
Yes, if that is what it takes. I personally think ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:21:49 AM
click hereBugliosi says it all ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:53:58 PM
Yes, this is just another example of abuse by the ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:01:28 PM
Schmookler wrote: "Our founders' great contributio... by Shireen Parsons on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:55:39 PM
Absolutely right. We women know. Thanks Shireen. ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:40:45 PM