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Preview — With Liberty and Justice for Some by Glenn Greenwald
With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality befo ...more
The United States of America was intended to be a nation of laws, not of men. Liberty and justice for all. That was then.
In 1965 six large banks petitioned congress for retroactive immunity after an illegal merger. It was opposed by Senator Robert Kennedy and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach said their proposal was "nothing mor ...more
This type of belief that the President and other political elites are above ...more
If you think certain classes of people should be above the law, or that the law ( ...more
Greenwald uses his book to provide ample evidence of how the law has been used to, as the title states, destroy equality and protect the powerful. From the bailout of Wall Street to the torture regime, Greenwald certainly isn't lacking in areas to write about. He begins his argument with the pardon of R ...more
I was always impressed with the move to impeach Richard Nixon that forced him to resign from office. That event was a high point in American history. As has been said, the strength of democracy is not in electing good people but in removing bad ones.
Much to the dismay of those who value the law, ...more
Greenwald's take is that todays gross misconduct to protect the politically powerful started when President Ford pardoned President Nixon. He used the same line about looking forward not backwards that President Obama used to not only condone but retroactively immunize President Bush wiretapping , banking crisis, mortgage crisis and torture crimes and the Obama administrations own crimes. For m ...more
I was a little put off by the introduction which goes on at great length about how the founders prized the rule of law above all else. In general I'm not a huge fan of the theory that says if the founders said/believed it, it must be right. (Especially when they themselves didn't apply an idea equally. Obviously African-Americans, women, and non-property owning whites were t ...more
He spends many chapters relating how various presidents and people on their staffs have avoided prosecution, even though they committed countless felonies.
As did many of us, Greenwald had high hopes that Pres. Obama would follow through with his pre-2008 elect ...more
A capsule summary: Ford's pardon of Nixon; the nearly complete absence of penalties for the perpetrators of the Iran-Contra affair; Bush's pardon of Caspar Weinberger in 1992; Clinton's refusal to investigate the very serio ...more
The Introduction begins, "As a litigator who practiced for more than a decade in federal and state courts across the country, I've long been aware of the inequities that pervade the American justice system....only when I began regularly writing about politics [Greenwald is a contributor to Salon] did I realize that the problem extends beyond...inequities....Those with political influence and financial ...more
“Greenwald lets no one off the hook in demonstrating the vast differences in legal recourse between rich and poor, powerful and weak… When the executive, judicial and legislative branches collude to avoid enforcement, lawlessness is the end result.”
"Glenn Greenwald'slatest book is an absolute must-read. Incredibly persuasive, rigorous and damning." —Christopher Hayes
“Glenn Greenwald is not just the American Left’s most fearless political commentator; his fearlessness i
The two blurbs on the back were from Michael Moore and Rachel Maddow. I should have known from that...
I think Greenwald is one of those radical, paranoid liberty nuts who sees inequality around every corner and any government law as intrusion.
Except he's liberal, so apparently he's accepted by the media.
Yes we know that the media, politicians and people turned a blind eye to Bush's idiocy that was EVERY DAMN THING HE DID. We understand that celebrities ...more
It's one thing to understand that fair and equitable treatment within the criminal justice system is not perfect, After all, nothing is. But there is a huge difference between occasional miscarriages of justice and institutional favoritism which quite often gives the rich and powerful very little punishment, if any punishme ...more
A good but depressing read, a common thread among books dealing with the world we fi ...more
greenwald’s goal, i think, isn’t to give an even-handed analysis, but rather to motivate action — by outlining the role of the rule of law in the maintenance of democracy and the centrality of this principle in the founders’ thinking greenwald reminds us that this is the very bedrock pri ...more
For anyone (including myself) who thought that Obama was the face of "Hope and Change", this book shows that we were hoodwinked and delud ...more