The Supreme Court: The Limits That Create Liberty & The Liberty That Creates Limits

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We are very quiet there, but it is the quiet of a storm center.

—Mr. Justice Holmes

Race, religion, reapportionment—each year the storm that swirls around the Supreme Court of the United States gets fiercer. To some Americans, the nine black-robed Justices have struck blow after blow for national maturity.

To others, they seem bent on coddling criminals, abolishing God and undoing the U.S. political system. This week the Court begins its 175th year with even some of its best friends worried about its wide-ranging attack on social ills that are supposedly...

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