“The Despotic Branch: The Undemocratic Nature of the Supreme Court.”

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022, at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tim and Nick say:
The Supreme Court’s initial assertion in 1803 of the authority to nullify congressional law caused Thomas Jefferson to characterize the court as the Despotic Branch. Jimmy Carter recently concluded that the Supreme Court’s powers rendered the United States into an oligarchy. Contrary to our historic myths the Supreme Court is not a democratic institution. Throughout our history the high court, with a few notable exceptions, has been the bulwark of protecting property rights over human rights, of undermining democracy. The current court is on track to be the most egregiously anti-democratic court in the nation’s history. Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will detail the substance of the high court’s despotic powers and how it has reached today’s all-time low.

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Abortion Rights
and the Production of Law 
with Nick Biddle and friends
Brattleboro Democracy Forum
Tuesday, October 5th, at 6:30 pm on Zoom

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Nick says:
The new Texas abortion law, officially entitled the “Heartbeat Act,” gained notorious stature in early September when the Supreme Court permitted its enforcement. The Court’s ruling is by any measure extraordinarily political and deeply threatening to Roe v. Wade. The emotional tension of abortion cannot be replicated and that quality has made it the darling issue of dark money activism for forty years. This presentation will highlight the nearly mechanical role abortion rights have played in advancing the production of laws designed not just to end legalized abortion but also the full welfare state as we’ve known it since the 1960’s.
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BDF Participants

Nick Biddle, retired professor of Latin American History, has lived in Brattleboro since 2013
Marley Stuart, writer, editor and co-founder of EcoStudies, an educational non-profit organization, lives in Syracuse, NY.
Garrett Whitney, the longest practicing Rolfer in the United States, a political activist for 50 years, lives in Concord, MA.
Kirsten Fischer, PhD, Professor of History, Univ. of Minnesota. Lives in St. Paul, MN.

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