May 21, 2021

The Right-Wing Supreme Court’s Agenda: A Conversation w/ Ian Millhiser

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by author and Vox correspondent, Ian Millhiser, to discuss the Supreme Court, Congress, politics and policy, as well as Ian’s new book, The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America.



What will a conservative Supreme Court do with its power? In today’s conversation, as well as in his book, Ian explains how from 2011, when Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives, until the present, Congress enacted hardly any major legislation but in the same time span, the Supreme Court dismantled much of America’s campaign finance law, severely weakened the Voting Rights Act, permitted states to opt-out of the Affordable Cart Act’s Medicaid expansion, weakened laws protecting against age discrimination and sexual and racial harassment, and held that every state must permit same-sex couples to marry. Ian argues that this powerful unelected body, now controlled by six very conservative Republicans, has and will become the locus of policymaking in the U.S. Today, Aaron and Ian, discuss the constitution, forced arbitration, “the administrative state,” power and authority, the judiciary as an independent, and the impact the Court has on us all.




Ian is a senior correspondent at Vox, where he focuses on the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the decline of liberal democracy in the United States. Before joining Vox, Ian was a columnist at ThinkProgress; he clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and he served as a Teach for America corps member in the Mississippi Delta. Ian received his B.A. in philosophy from Kenyon College and his J.D. from Duke. While at Duke, he served as senior note editor on the Duke Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. In addition to his most recent book, Ian is also the author of Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. Ian’s reporting is partially supported by a grant from the New Venture Fund.




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To learn more about Ian, please click here.


To check out Ian’s new book, The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America, please click here.


To read Ian’s recent New York Times op-ed, “Republicans Have an Agenda All Right, and They Don’t Need Congress for It,” please click here




Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Ian Millhiser


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