Capitol Hill Briefing

The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

June 24, 2008 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring the co author Robert A. Levy, Cato Institute.

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Why are we, in many respects, less free now than we were 200 years ago? How did we get from our Founders’ Constitution, which established a strictly limited government, to today’s Constitution, which has expanded government and curtailed individual rights? That’s the story of The Dirty Dozen — a book written for non lawyers about 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases that moved the course of American history away from constitutional government. Whether it involves the regulation of commerce, political speech, economic liberties, property rights, welfare, racial preferences, gun owners’ rights, or imprisonment without charge, the U.S. Supreme Court has behaved in a manner that would have stunned, mystified, and outraged our Founding Fathers. Please join co‐​author Robert Levy for a discussion of the 12 worst Supreme Court cases of the modern era.