The New Deal and the Supreme Court

Beard, Charles A.
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p90
This article discusses the legal status of New Deal statutes. One Fact appears in all the opinions in which the majority of the Court have declared New Deal statutes invalid. In every one of these opinions the Court interprets the Constitution in such a way as to confine the powers of government within the narrowest possible limits and to enlarge the powers and privileges of private interests. Indeed it is inconceivable that in 1950 U.S. President and Senate will be able to obtain Justices, even from among case-book lawyers, who will look at economy and the Constitution through the eyes of middle-class practitioners of about 1896.


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