How Rights Went Wrong: A Book Discussion
Rights are a sacred part of American identity. Yet they also are the source of some of our greatest divisions. We believe that holding a right means getting a judge to let us do whatever the right protects. And judges, for their part, seem unable to imagine two rights coexisting—reducing the law to winners and losers. The resulting system of legal absolutism distorts our law, debases our politics, and exacerbates our differences rather than helping to bridge them. In his important new book, How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights is Tearing America Apart, Jamal Greene argues that the US needs a different approach, and shows how to rethink the relationship between constitutional law and political dysfunction so as to recover America‘s original vision of rights, while updating them to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century.