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We the People

A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century

Erwin Chemerinsky

Picador

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ISBN10: 1250166004
ISBN13: 9781250166005

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320 Pages

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Worried about what a super conservative majority on the Supreme Court means for the future of civil liberties? From gun control to reproductive health, a conservative court will reshape the lives of all Americans for decades to come. The time to develop and defend a progressive vision of the U.S. Constitution that protects the rights of all people is now.

University of California Berkeley Dean and respected legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky expertly exposes how conservatives are using the Constitution to advance their own agenda that favors business over consumers and employees, and government power over individual rights.

But exposure is not enough. Progressives have spent too much of the last forty-five years trying to preserve the legacy of the Warren Court’s most important rulings and reacting to the Republican-dominated Supreme Courts by criticizing their erosion of rights—but have not yet developed a progressive vision for the Constitution itself. Yet, if we just look to the promise of the Preamble—liberty and justice for all—and take seriously its vision, a progressive reading of the Constitution can lead us forward as we continue our fight ensuring democratic rule, effective government, justice, liberty, and equality.

Includes the Complete Constitution and Amendments of the United States of America

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THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND THE CONSTITUTION


WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

Everything changed in the Supreme Court on Saturday, February 13, 2016, when Justice Antonin Scalia died. From 1971, when President...

About the author

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean of UC Berkeley School of Law. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. His books include The Conservative Assault on the Constitution and The Case Against the Supreme Court, among many others. In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named him the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Rachel Deletto

Erwin Chemerinsky