Slouching Towards Gomorrah; Modern Liberalism and American Decline
Bork, Robert H.
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New York: ReganBooks [An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers], 1996. 25 cm. xiv, 382, pages. Illustrations. Endnotes. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Inscribed on title page by the author. Robert Heron Bork (March 1, 1927 - December 19, 2012) was an American judge, government official and legal scholar who served as the Solicitor General of the United States from 1973 to 1977. A professor at Yale Law School by occupation, he later served as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1982 to 1988. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the U.S. Senate rejected his nomination. Reagan nominated Bork to the Supreme Court in 1987, precipitating a contested Senate debate. Opposition to Bork centered on his stated desire to roll back the civil rights decisions of the Warren and Burger courts and his role in the Saturday Night Massacre. His nomination was defeated in the Senate, with 58 of the 100 Senators opposing his nomination. A former judge's stinging indictment of the havoc postmodern liberalism has wrought on the state of the American union. Bork defines latter-day liberalism as an ad hoc coalition of cultural elites committed to a radical egalitarianism and unfettered individualism. He assesses the corrosive impact these credos have had on a host of activities and institutions. Cases range from the lyrics of rap music through permissive sexual attitudes, the debasement of university curricula with spurious courses of study, insistence on equality of outcomes, and the emergence of moral relativism. He also condemns activist judges who usurp power with decisions that owe more to political correctness than constitutional authority. The author is not certain that the US can reverse its long-term slide. He concludes that people will have to regain control over coercive bureaucracies and courts that have been setting an agenda at odds with majority wishes. A thoughtful conservative's devastating judgment on intemperate liberalism. First Edition [stated]. Later printing. Very good.
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