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The Supreme Court has never been your friend

A lengthy and excellent Vox piece argues that the recent leaked draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade is the latest in a historically long line of conservative decisions by an inherently conservative institution that has always been hostile to working people and marginalized groups of all stripes.

The Supreme Court has never been your friend
Image of the Supreme Court building blatantly stolen without permission from NBCNews.

In this excellent Vox piece, Ian Millhiser uses Justice Samuel Alito's leaked Roe decision as a launch point to systematically take down the myth that the Supreme Court has been an institution friendly to working and marginalized people. And like others have pointed out in recent days, Alito's draft opinion swings open the door to potentially a slew of decisions aimed at stripping voting and LGBTQ+ rights specifically.

If the Court does what Alito proposed in his draft opinion, and overrules Roe v. Wade, that decision will be the culmination of a decades-long effort by Republicans to capture the institution and use it, not just to undercut abortion rights but also to implement an unpopular agenda they cannot implement through the democratic process.

Millhiser argues Alito is entirely in-line with the justices who have preceded him. Justices who ruled in support of slavery, against labor unions and upheld concentration camps.

The Court, in other words, simply does not deserve the reverence it still enjoys in much of American society, and especially from the legal profession. For nearly all of its history, it’s been a reactionary institution, a political one that serves the interests of the already powerful at the expense of the most vulnerable. And it currently appears to be reverting to that historic mean.

The whole article is here:

The case against the Supreme Court of the United States
The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy, and is now one of the chief architects of America’s democratic decline.