Archive for June, 2015
Read and watch: The coordinated and stealth moves that have been made by the right since the early 1970’s to effectively stop gains by the left and control the legal and economic paths within the American democracy are really quite amazing. What makes you marvel even more as you begin to learn about one piece or another is how comprehensive and well executed the hole effort has been. I advocate for the Move To Amend initiative and continue to learn more about the evils of “corporate person-hood” all the time, but there are so many pieces in the puzzle that have lead to that overwhelming misapplication of the US constitution it is just amazing. While listing some of the early conservative tools, I talked about The Powell Memorandum and ALEC as being extremely significant and they are. Recently, however, I stumbled on another tool that began early as well and has had and continues to have massive influence over our laws and particularly the conservative application of our laws all the way to the Supreme Court. That tool is called the Federalist Society, an organization that began in the early 1980’s and a couple of it’s earliest members are two people you may be familiar with: Lewis Powel (Powell Memo & previous Supreme Court) and Samuel Alito (current Supreme Court) but there are many more also positioned to influence laws. The Federalist Society doesn’t act like a traditional political group seeking power would. It doesn’t lobby, file briefs and other common methods. Instead it focuses on indirect methods: strict training of lawyers (eventual judges) to think and apply the law according to a certain interpretation of the constitution – “originalist” interpretations. Once on the bench they can and do affect changes in law.
To learn more on this watch the two videos below or read the book by Amanda Hollis-Brusky, “Ideas With Consequences – the Federalist Society and Conservative Counterrevolution”.
Thom Hartman interview on the Federalist Society
Interview with Amanda Hollis-Brusky
author of “Ideas With Consequences – the Federalist Society and Conservative Counterrevolution”