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Revered as the "People's Attorney," Louis D. Brandeis concluded a distinguished career by serving as an associate justice (19161939) of the U.S. Supreme Court. Philippa Strum argues that Brandeis—long recognized as a brilliant legal thinker and defender of traditional civil liberties—was also an important political theorist whose thought has become particularly relevant to the present moment in American politics.

Brandeis, Strum shows, was appalled by the suffering and waste of human potential brought on by industrialization, poverty, and a government increasingly out of touch with its citizens. In response, he developed a unique vision of a "worker's democracy" based on an economically independent and welleducated citizenry actively engaged in defining its own political destiny. She also demonstrates that, while Brandeis's thinking formed the basis of Woodrow Wilson's "New Freedom," it went well beyond Wilsonian Progressivism in its call for smaller governmental and economic units such as workerowned businesses and consumer cooperatives.

Brandeis's political thought, Strum suggests, is especially relevant to current debates over how large a role government should play in resolving everything from unemployment and homelessness to the crisis in health care. One of the few justices to support Roosevelt's New Deal policies in the 1930s, he nevertheless consistently criticized concentrated power in government (and in corporations). He agreed that the government should provide its citizens with some sort of "safety net," but at the same time should empower people to find private solutions to their needs.

A half century later, Brandeis's political thought has much to offer anyone engaged in the current debates pitting individualists against communitarians and rights advocates against social welfare critics.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half-title, Series Page, Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to Kansas Open Books Edition
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Early Ideas: Conformity and the Seeds of Evolution
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. 2. From Laissez-Faire Capitalism to Worker-Management
  2. pp. 24-48
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  1. 3. Law, Lawyer, and Judge in a Democratic Polity
  2. pp. 49-71
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  1. 4. The Curse of Bigness
  2. pp. 72-99
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  1. 5. Zionism and the Ideal State
  2. pp. 100-115
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  1. 6. Civil and Economic Liberties
  2. pp. 116-149
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  1. Conclusion: The Individual and the Democratic State
  2. pp. 150-166
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  1. Notes
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  1. Selected Bibliography
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  1. List of Cases Cited
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780700631254
Related ISBN(s)
9780700606870
MARC Record
OCLC
1256257759
Pages
238
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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