KPFA Radio presents:
Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 pm
Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street Berkeley
$12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore. SF: Modern Times ($15 door)
The Supreme Court is more influential than ever. The Roberts’ Court is currently re-shaping this nation’s laws, shaking the very foundation of our former democracy. From Citizens United to the momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, this Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet it remains a mysterious institution. The motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. At last, however, at a make-or-break moment for the court and this entire country, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz in Uncertain Justice reveal the astonishing extent to which this court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.
Political gridlock, rapid cultural change, and major technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on crucial topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the present justices are rewriting critical components of constitutional law and revising the basic ground rules of American government. Laurence Tribe, long one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers digs deeply into this court’s recent rulings, going well beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents reveal a strikingly different vision for the future, a vision sure to be hotly debated.
The authors explore exactly how the Court’s approach to immigration, the vaunted war on terror, GPS tracking, and secret usage of databases of everything from our DNA to our phone records will affect our privacy rights and presidential power itself in these increasingly unstable years.
Laurence Tribe has taught constitutional law at Harvard for four decades and has written widely about the law. He has argued dozens of cases at the Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v Gore. Norman Solomon, a journalist and media critic, was a candidate in 2012 for the United States House of Representatives. A founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Solomon is also co-founder of RootsAction.org. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death."