We have just released beautiful new work that builds upon our previous classic, Scalia Dissents (edited by Kevin A. Ring). This new volume provides an even fuller and more extensive look at the life and legacy of the late Justice Scalia. Our summary below from the previous edition will give you a taste of the treasures that can be found inside. Visit us at Gryphon Editions to add this exquisite book to your personal collection!
Justice Hugo Black wrote, “Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.”
Scalia was born in 1936 and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1960. He was nominated to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986. Scalia’s nomination was approved by the Senate unanimously by a vote of 98 -0. Since his appointment Justice Scalia has been one of the most prolific writers in the history of the Supreme Court, authoring over 600 opinions. Most of these opinions either concur with or dissent from the majority opinion of the Court.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has on many occasions altered the design of Constitution to comport with what it perceives to be a more modern political agenda. This is counter to its intended role as the preserver of the constitutional system. The “living Constitution” approach has given the Court wide discretion over areas of policy once thought to be beyond the scope of its authority.
Enter Justice Antonin Scalia who in one decision famously announced, “I defend a dead Constitution.” Since his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia has been one of the foremost defenders of traditional constitutional thought and has been one of the most eloquent defenders of the founders’ original conception of liberty. While others of his generation have posited the theory of a constitution that evolves with the times, Justice Scalia holds fast to the document as the blueprint for American republican government.
According to Scalia’s Constitution, the national legislature is limited to the powers specifically granted to it; the courts should not encroach into areas reserved for legislation in order to enact social change; the states reserve wide authority to regulate their internal affairs; rights granted by Bill of Rights must be respected regardless of conflicts with the perceived public interests.
In Scalia Dissents, Kevin Ring, former counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Constitution subcommittee, lets Justice Scalia speak for himself. This volume showcases the quotable justice’s take on many of today’s most contentious constitutional debates, such as affirmative action, religious freedom, free speech, gay rights, and abortion.
The book contains over a dozen of Justice Scalia’s most compelling and controversial opinions. Ring also provides helpful background on the opinions and a primer on Justice Scalia’s judicial philosophy.