SCOTUS going backward.

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    There is no question today that corporate power controls the minds of many through think tank influence, monies, and propaganda, but when it comes to some people the money is wasted. These people, Thomas and Scalia especially are already out in right field hoping desperately an authoritarian regime is just around the corner. Oh, Ok I exaggerate just slightly. Here's another of my favorite thinkers on the trip to the dark ages the current SC is helping along.

    'The Supreme Court Phalanx' By Ronald Dworkin

    "It would be a mistake to suppose that this right-wing phalanx is guided in its zeal by some very conservative judicial or political ideology of principle. It seems guided by no judicial or political principle at all, but only by partisan, cultural, and perhaps religious allegiance. It urges judicial restraint and deference to legislatures when these bodies pass measures that political conservatives favor, like bans on particular medical techniques in abortion. But the right-wing coalition abandons restraint when it strikes down legislation that conservatives oppose, like regulations on political advertising and modest school district programs to further racial integration in public education. It claims to celebrate free speech when it declares that Congress cannot prevent rich corporations and unions from evading restrictions on political contributions. But it subordinates free speech to other policies when it holds that schools can punish students for displaying ambiguous but not disruptive slogans at school events. Lawyers have long been fond of saying, quoting Mr. Dooley, that the Supreme Court follows the election returns.[1] These four justices seem to follow Fox News instead."

    The Supreme Court Phalanx - The New York Review of Books
     
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    The only example provided (restriction of free speech) was student slogans in High School?
     
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