TITLE

Lani Guinier's New American Peerage

AUTHOR(S)
Wildgen, John K.
PUB. DATE
March 1996
SOURCE
Social Science Quarterly (University of Texas Press);Mar96, Vol. 77 Issue 1, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the writing style of Lani Guinier, in her book, "The Tyranny of the Majority." Guinier enjoys an outstanding reputation as an attorney, media celebrity, and academic. There is not a single Guinierian idea that could not be better served by racial multicameralism. From electoral laws to minority veto, multicameralism trumps Guinier complex, unfamiliar, and unpreaclactable legislative mechanisms. It is totally unacceptable because it would admit what group rights theorists do not want to say: it would create distinctions among persons which would create an American peerage of victimization a nobility of the dole. Implausibility and impossibility are not tantamount to a failed book. The voting rights community has taken a drubbing in the U.S. Supreme Court ever since the birth of the "second generation empowerment model." Guinier's ideas are fertilizing a push for proportional representation that is already germination in the furrows created by Shaw v. Reno and Hayes v. Louisiana. Guinier has fallen short of her goal of opening a national debate on race. But "The Tyranny of the Majority" is a blueprint for a decade or more of racial litigation in search of yet another empowerment model premised on the belief that there are technical fixes to moral problems.
ACCESSION #
9607021373

 

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