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Abby Zimet: A Sharp Turn to the Right

At the Federalist Society’s 40th anniversary gala, 2,000 aging, fearful, sectarian dinosaurs in tuxes and ball gowns applauded their sordid work holding back the tides of change and time.

November 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Steve Fraser: The Trump Supreme Court Is Nothing New

Has the Trump Supreme Court gone rogue? Certainly, its recent judicial blitzkrieg has run roughshod over a century’s worth of settled law.

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Demands for Clarence Thomas to Resign Follow New Details of Wife’s Election Scheming

Clarence Thomas heard election cases while his wife conspired to overthrow democracy.

September 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Bill Blum: Welcome to the New Era of Rightwing Judicial Supremacy

The U.S. Supreme Court has entered a legal fantasy world: advancing a regressive political agenda free from democratic accountability.

August 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Robert Reich: The Most Dangerous Looming Supreme Court Decision You Never Heard Of

As this Supreme Court shows, the future of our democracy is not guaranteed.

August 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Honestly? Our Actual Government Is A Barking Mad Supreme Court That Gives Zero Fucks About Democracy

A mere month after the medieval anti-abortion ruling by a cabal of right-wing “fanatics and vandals” we still call SCOTUS, its effects are already cataclysmic.

July 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Chris Winters: The Supreme Court’s Crisis of Legitimacy

The Supreme Court has demonstrated that the highest law of the land is whatever they feel like saying it is. What do we do when the court and other institutions are widely seen as illegitimate?

July 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Frida Berrigan: This Is My Song

What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

July 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Honorable (Sic) Frat Boy Bullied By People Insisting On Their Rights

There is little if any recourse to halt the brazen taking-away-of-rights now emblematic of a right-wing judicial coup masquerading as the highest court in the land…

July 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In the Shadow of Roe’s Undoing

I still hate electoral politics, but you don’t always get to choose the terrain you’re fighting on. Through its machinations at the federal, state, and county level, the Republican Party has been all but screaming its plans to steal the next presidential election.

July 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Baron Wormser: Ghosts

All the chatter about “family values” presupposes that women pick up whatever difficulties they are faced with and go forward with a happy, maternal smile. Seduced and abandoned does not exist in such an aggressively wholesome universe.

July 11, 2022 · 9 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Life in Hell

On the coming climate wars

July 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Abaki Beck & Rosalyn LaPier: For Indigenous Peoples, Abortion Is a Religious Right

For thousands of years, reproductive health care has been an important part of Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices, which include religious rituals, sacred rites, and the right to abortion.

July 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Children Will Suffer the Consequences of Recent Supreme Court Rulings

It appears to be of no concern to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ultraconservative majority how children are collateral damage in its monumental rulings to close the 2021-22 term.

July 4, 2022 · 3 Comments

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