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Past Event

Radio Program: Jamal Greene and Ian Millhiser

This radio program from The Commonwealth Club draws on two separate events: "Jamal Green: How Rights Went Wrong in America" and "How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America." 

You have the right to remain silent and the right to free speech. The right to worship, and to doubt. The right to be free from discrimination, and to hate. These rights were not written at the founding of our country, but rather an afterthought of our country’s founding fathers. It wasn't until the racial strife resulting from the Civil War and missteps by the Supreme Court that rights gained a great deal of controversy. This controversy has falsely led many Americans to believe that awarding rights to one group means denying rights to others. Columbia professor and constitutional law expert Jamal Greene explores this phenomenon.

And Ian Millhiser, Vox's Supreme Court correspondent, tells the story of what is likely to come from the Supreme Court in the coming years, particularly around significant divisive issues such as abortion and affirmative action. Equally important, Millhiser also explores the arcane decisions that the Court can use to fundamentally reshape America, transforming it into something he believes is far less democratic by attacking voting rights, dismantling the federal administrative state, ignoring the separation of church and state, and putting corporations above the law.

March 7, 2021

United States

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Jamal Greene
Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Author, How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart
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Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
(Ret.), Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Moderator
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Ian Millhiser
Supreme Court Correspondent, Vox; Author, The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America;Twitter @imillhiser
Moderator TBA

This radio program features portions of two programs recorded separately.