With Liberty and Justice for Some

How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

Author: Glenn Greenwald

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1466805765

Category: Law

Page: 304

View: 6585

From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers), a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in America From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world. Starting with Watergate, continuing on through the Iran-Contra scandal, and culminating with Obama's shielding of Bush-era officials from prosecution, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that have come to shield the elite from accountability. He shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying, and financial fraud. Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.

With Liberty and Justice for Some

A Critique of the Conservative Supreme Court

Author: David Kairys

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781565840713

Category: Law

Page: 246

View: 3913

Analyzes some of the changes brought about by the Reagan-Bush Supreme Court, argues that the court is promoting an erosion of principles, and discusses the impact of Supreme Court decisions on life in the United States

Dollar Democracy

With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All

Author: Peter Mathews

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781496059734

Category: Political Science

Page: 338

View: 4971

Second Edition. Big Corporations and their super wealthy owners have bought many American politicians through campaign contributions and lobbying. These politicians have voted to benefit their donors, not the American public. Many American political leaders have made decisions that led to: outsourcing good middle class manufacturing and high tech jobs, dismantling our public education system kindergarten through college and university, deteriorating health care that leaves Americans in danger, sick and broke, destruction and endangering of our environment and lives, polluting of our food supplies through deregulation of Big Agribusiness, pesticide use and the proliferation of Genetically Modified (GMO) foods, the crash of Wall Street and the Great Recession, from which the bottom 99% of Americans have not yet recovered, while the super wealthy top 1% are doing just fine. The Corporate dominated policies of these sponsored politicians have resulted in the greatest gap between the American rich and poor since the Great Depression, and a disappearing middle class. Professor Peter Mathews not only critiques this "Dollar Democracy" which brings Liberty and Justice for Some, but he also provides solutions that will bring Liberty and Justice for All, and will help the bottom 99% of Americans Reclaim the American Dream and make it a Reality once again! These solutions include Clean Money Elections and amending the U.S. Constitution to remove Corporate Personhood and to declare that money is not political speech according to the First Amendment. This Second Edition (2015) contains explosive new material on the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex and on TPP and TTIP.

With Liberty and Justice for All

A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose

Author: Kate Michelman

Publisher: Hudson st Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 278

View: 5067

Catalyzed by the trauma of a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion, which required the consent of the husband who deserted her and a hospital panel made up entirely of men, Kate Michelman devoted her life to protecting the rights of women and children. Serving from 19

Justice for Hedgehogs

Author: Ronald Dworkin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674071964

Category: Philosophy

Page: 528

View: 5110

In Dworkin’s master work, the central thesis is that all areas of value depend on one another. This is one, big thing that the hedgehog knows, in contrast to the fox, who knows many little things. Dworkin’s understanding of the relationship—between ethics, morality, and political morality—is significantly revised and also greatly elaborated. He argues that “dignity” is the essential core of living well and that a satisfactory account of dignity would, in turn, point to two principles. The first states that it is objectively important that each person’s life go well; and the second that each person has a special responsibility for identifying what counts as success in his or her own life. Dworkin believes that values cohere and that in order to defend that coherence he has to take up a broad variety of philosophical issues that are not normally treated in one book. He discusses the metaphysics of value, the character of truth, the nature of interpretation, the conditions of agreement and disagreement, the phenomenon of moral responsibility and the problem of free will as well as more substantive issues of ethical, moral and legal theory.

With Liberty for Some

500 Years of Imprisonment in America

Author: Scott Christianson

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781555534684

Category: Social Science

Page: 394

View: 3708

From Columbus' voyages to the New World through today's prison expansion movements, incarceration has played an important, yet disconcerting, role in American history. In this sweeping examination of imprisonment in the United States over five centuries, Scott Christianson exposes the hidden record of the nation's prison heritage, illuminating the forces underlying the paradox of a country that sanctifies individual liberty while it continues to build and maintain a growing complex of totalitarian institutions. Based on exhaustive research and the author's insider's knowledge of the criminal justice system, With Liberty for Some provides an absorbing, well-written chronicle of imprisonment in its many forms. Interweaving his narrative with the moving, often shocking, personal stories of the prisoners themselves and their keepers, Christianson considers convict transports to the colonies; the international trade in captive indentured servants, slaves, and military conscripts; life under slavery; the transition from colonial jails to model state prisons; the experience of domestic prisoners of war and political prisoners; the creation of the penitentiary; and the evolution of contemporary corrections. His penetrating study of this broad spectrum of confinement reveals that slavery and prisons have been inextricably linked throughout American history. He also examines imprisonment within the context of the larger society. With Liberty for Some is a thought-provoking work that will shed new light on the ways in which imprisonment has shaped the American experience. As the author writes, "Prison is the black flower of civilization -- a durable weed that refuses to die."

Radicals in their Own Time

Four Hundred Years of Struggle for Liberty and Equal Justice in America

Author: Michael Anthony Lawrence

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139494074

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 1695

Radicals in Their Own Time explores the lives of five Americans, with lifetimes spanning four hundred years, who agitated for greater freedom in America. Every generation has them: individuals who speak truth to power and crave freedom from arbitrary authority. This book makes two important observations in discussing Roger Williams, Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, W. E. B. Du Bois and Vine Deloria, Jr. First, each believed that government must broadly tolerate individual autonomy. Second, each argued that religious orthodoxy has been a major source of society's ills – and all endured serious negative repercussions for doing so. The book challenges Christian orthodoxy and argues that part of what makes these five figures compelling is their willingness to pay the price for their convictions – much to the lasting benefit of liberty and equal justice in America.

World Indivisible

With Liberty and Justice for All

Author: Konrad Adenauer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Europe

Page: 128

View: 9489

Is Democracy Possible Here?

Principles for a New Political Debate

Author: Ronald Dworkin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400827272

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 1139

Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for the perennial challenge of achieving social justice as for the emerging threats of terrorism. Can the hope for change be realized? Dworkin, one the world's leading legal and political philosophers, identifies and defends core principles of personal and political morality that all citizens can share. He shows that recognizing such shared principles can make substantial political argument possible and help replace contempt with mutual respect. Only then can the full promise of democracy be realized in America and elsewhere. Dworkin lays out two core principles that citizens should share: first, that each human life is intrinsically and equally valuable and, second, that each person has an inalienable personal responsibility for identifying and realizing value in his or her own life. He then shows what fidelity to these principles would mean for human rights, the place of religion in public life, economic justice, and the character and value of democracy. Dworkin argues that liberal conclusions flow most naturally from these principles. Properly understood, they collide with the ambitions of religious conservatives, contemporary American tax and social policy, and much of the War on Terror. But his more basic aim is to convince Americans of all political stripes--as well as citizens of other nations with similar cultures--that they can and must defend their own convictions through their own interpretations of these shared values.

A Theory of Justice

Author: John RAWLS

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674042603

Category: Philosophy

Page: 623

View: 9894

Though the revised edition of A Theory of Justice, published in 1999, is the definitive statement of Rawls's view, so much of the extensive literature on Rawls's theory refers to the first edition. This reissue makes the first edition once again available for scholars and serious students of Rawls's work.

Liberty for None and Injustice for All

Author: Gerald H. Eller

Publisher: Gerald H. Eller

ISBN: 9781419635953

Category: Political Science

Page: 281

View: 6934

This is a true story of Jerry Eller's credit being confused with a criminal in 1997. What began as a simple human error evolved into a nightmare that no American citizen should have to experience. This book names the lawyers, politicians, corporations and military personnel who ignored, neglected and contributed to Jerry's demise. Because local, national and prominent media figures refused to expose the author's plight, he wrote this book that should be read by all Americans.

What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?

Trump's War on Civil Rights

Author: Juan Williams

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1541788273

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3036

The bestselling author, political analyst, and civil rights expert delivers a forceful critique of the Trump administration's ignorant and unprecedented rollback of the civil rights movement. In this powerful and timely book, civil rights historian and political analyst Juan Williams denounces Donald Trump for intentionally twisting history to fuel racial tensions for his political advantage. In Williams's lifetime, crusaders for civil rights have braved hatred, violence, and imprisonment, and in so doing made life immeasurably better for African Americans and other marginalized groups. Remarkably, all this progress suddenly seems to have been forgotten--or worse, undone. The stirring history of hard-fought and heroic battles for voting rights, integrated schools, and more is under direct threat from an administration dedicated to restricting these basic freedoms. Williams pulls the fire alarm on the Trump administration's policies, which pose a threat to civil rights without precedent in modern America. What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? makes a searing case for the enduring value of our historic accomplishments and what happens if they are lost.

... Under the Constitution with Liberty and Justice for All

Author: Alex Hussein Ahmedinejahd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615691541

Category:

Page: 500

View: 1212

... Under the Constitution with Liberty and Justice for AllThe TRUE accounting of why the US has fallen into the depths of financial and moral distress and what we need to do to right the country, financially, economically, and philosophically.The financial and economic problems that the US is experiencing today have nothing to do with Wall Street and the rich or with necessarily either of the two major political parties. On the contrary, the root cause of all of our problems is average (philosophically) Americans: Specifically, their inability to think beyond the short-term. In turn, short-term thinking leads to destructive behavior, which then leads to more short-term thinking reinforcing the tragic cycle. At the heart of this American tragedy is the people's philosophy, and the people's philosophy is greatly dictated by the judeo-christian (jc) philosophical construct. The problem with the jc philosophical construct is that like all other manmade religions, it is irrational and therefore destroys the minds of the people that toil under its influence by preaching blind faith and blind obedience, by forcing people to ignore and dismiss Justice by preaching blind/universal love, and by attempting to impose on the people the will of some entity that which absolutely cannot exist. And, because the jc construct is the cornerstone of our society's philosophy, and given that our society is in decay, this strongly implies that religion - not money - is the root of all evil. Therefore, for our society to function properly, the irrational position of the jc philosophical construct must be completely rooted out of our society and replaced with an alternate philosophy that is based on logical thinking, rational assumptions and unimpeachable universal rights. This is the only way we can guarantee a prosperous future for all. In this book, I outline why we, as a country, are headed for the financial and moral precipice, what the root causes are, how to fix the problems, what the philosophical underpinnings that we need to change for the better are, how average (philosophically) Americans should participate in the next American revolution and how we all benefit. Most of all and most importantly, my philosophy is logical, based on rational assumptions and universally inalienable rights, and it is applicable to all in our country. Also, I strongly believe it is the right path for us all. And, yes, logic is everything. Lastly, my philosophy is based on the fact that the universe is black and white. If it wasn't then we could not have times of clarity or resolution to anything in our lives. However, people can't grasp that the universe is truly black and white because they think that the lack of precognition is what makes the universe gray. However, this is not the case: The universe will do what it does and our lives will work out according to the decisions that we make. So, the universe is actually black and white. Last teaser: Everyone in our country should pay the same number of dollars for taxes. This is actually the fairest policy of any, because the government must not prejudice against anyone and should provide the same services equally to everyone. In my book I cover these issues and more, including tax policy, religion, education, economic policy, law and regulations, relationship management, moral philosophy and the evils of social programs, among other topics. So, buy my book, read it and come join the next American revolution. Let's make sure that our future generations aren't burdened with the crushing debt and the decrepit moral philosophy that is slowly but surely driving our country towards both financial and moral bankruptcy. It isn't too late to change, but time is running out.

Great American Hypocrites

Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics

Author: Glenn Greenwald

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307408663

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

View: 6154

A former constitutional law attorney and best-selling author of A Tragic Legacy goes behind the scenes of the right-wing's pre-election propaganda to expose the fraud behind the image created by the Republican Party for their presidential candidates and to reveal the truth behind the myths and hoaxes they perpetrate. 75,000 first printing.

The Pledge

A History of the Pledge of Allegiance

Author: Jeffrey Owen Jones,Peter Meyer

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429980791

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 3148

The cultural and political history of the Pledge of Allegiance, how it came to be, what it means to Americans, and why we have battled over it for generations For more than a century, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has been a central part of the American Experience. And perhaps because of its ubiquity, this simple flag salute has served not only as a unifying ritual but also as a lightning rod for bitter controversy. Congress's 1954 decision to add "under God" to the Pledge has made it the focus of three U.S. Supreme Court cases and at least one other landmark appellate decision. The debate continues today, but along with it exists a widely held admiration and support for this simple affirmation of our shared patriotism. As Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer show in their illuminating history, this brief salute to the flag has had an almost magical power to galvanize people's deepest feelings and beliefs about who we are and ought to be as a nation. In that sense, the story of the Pledge of Allegiance is the story of America and the American people.

With Liberty and Dividends for All

How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough

Author: Peter Barnes

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1626562164

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 8389

Peter Barnes argues that because of globalization, automation, and winner-take-all capitalism, there won’t be enough high-paying jobs to sustain America’s middle class in the future. Therefore, to survive economically, our middle class needs—and deserves—a supplementary source of nonlabor income. To meet this need, Barnes proposes to give every American a share of the wealth we own together— starting with our air and financial infrastructure. These shares would pay dividends of several thousand dollars per year—money that wouldn’t be welfare or wealth redistribution but legitimate property income.

In the Shadow of Liberty

The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives

Author: Kenneth C. Davis

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1627793127

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

View: 6151

Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners? Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy—that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles. These stories help us know the real people who were essential to the birth of this nation but traditionally have been left out of the history books. Their stories are true—and they should be heard. This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

With Liberty and Justice

The Fifty-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai

Author: Joe Lieberman,Ari D. Kahn

Publisher: Maggid

ISBN: 9781592645015

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 530

Passover and Shavuot are two acts in the same drama. The Exodus on Passover remains incomplete without the Revelation on Shavuot. Charting the fifty-day count of the Omer between the two holidays, Senator Joe Lieberman together with Rabbi Ari Kahn presents fifty short essays on the interplay of law and liberty in our lives. Drawing on the Bible and rabbinic literature, US politics and modern legal theory, Jewish humor and American folklore, the authors follow the annual journey from Egypt to Sinai, illustrating that there can be no liberty without law, no freedom without justice.

A New Juvenile Justice System

Total Reform for a Broken System

Author: Nancy E. Dowd

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 147984389X

Category: Law

Page: 400

View: 7759

A New Juvenile Justice System aims at nothing less than a complete reform of the existing system: not minor change or even significant overhaul, but the replacement of the existing system with a different vision. The authors in this volume—academics, activists, researchers, and those who serve in the existing system—all respond in this collection to the question of what the system should be. Uniformly, they agree that an ideal system should be centered around the principle of child well-being and the goal of helping kids to achieve productive lives as citizens and members of their communities. Rather than the existing system, with its punitive, destructive, undermining effect and uneven application by race and gender, these authors envision a system responsive to the needs of youth as well as to the community’s legitimate need for public safety. How, they ask, can the ideals of equality, freedom, liberty, and self-determination transform the system? How can we improve the odds that children who have been labeled as “delinquent” can make successful transitions to adulthood? And how can we create a system that relies on proven, family-focused interventions and creates opportunities for positive youth development? Drawing upon interdisciplinary work as well as on-the-ground programs and experience, the authors sketch out the broad parameters of such a system. Providing the principles, goals, and concrete means to achieve them, this volume imagines using our resources wisely and well to invest in all children and their potential to contribute and thrive in our society.