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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. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)
 

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