A Time to Speak (Robert H. Bork)

Since at least 1971, when he published a seminal article on constitutional interpretation in the Indiana Law Journal, Robert Bork has been the legal and moral conscience of America, reminding us of our founding principles and their cultural foundation. The scourge of liberal ideologues both before and after Ronald Reagan nominated him for the Supreme Court in 1987, Bork has for fifty years unwaveringly exposed and explained the hypocrisy and dereliction of duty endemic among our nation’s elites, the politicization and adversary activism of our courts, and the consequent degradation of American society.

Judge Bork has gathered together his most important and prophetic writings in A Time to Speak. The volume includes more than sixty vintage Bork contributions on topics ranging from President Nixon to St. Thomas More, from abortion to antitrust policy, and from civil liberties to natural law. It also includes several of his judicial opinions and transcribed oral arguments.

Robert Bork was born in Pittsburgh, PA and received both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Chicago. Following law school, Bork served in the United States Marine Corps. Bork was a law professor at Yale Law School from 1962 to 1975 and from 1977 to 1981. He served as Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1973 to 1977 and was a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1982 to 1988. Bork was nominated by President Ronald Reagan for appointment to the United States Supreme Court in 1987 and was rejected by the Senate following a contentious confirmation battle.

Following his rejection for the Supreme Court seat, Bork served as a professor at the George Mason University School of Law and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He was also a fellow at the Hudson Institute.

Bork has authored several influential books, including The Tempting of America, Slouching Towards Gomorrah and Coercing Virtue. In these books, he argued strongly against a politicized judiciary with activist tendencies superseding elected legislatures. Bork was a leading advocate for the judicial philosophy of originalism.

We proudly include A Time to Speak in our Classics of Liberty Library, but if you wish, you also have the option of purchasing it on its own here. Happy reading!

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