How Rights Went Wrong by Jamal Greene audiobook

How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart

By Jamal Greene
Foreword by Jill Lepore
Read by Ryan Vincent Anderson

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLISHERS PROSE AWARD FINALIST | “Essential and fresh and vital . . . It is the argument of this important book that until Americans can reimagine rights, there is no path forward, and there is, especially, no way to get race right. No peace, no justice.”—from the foreword by Jill Lepore, New York Times best-selling author of These Truths: A History of the United States An eminent constitutional scholar reveals how our approach to rights is dividing America, and shows how we can build a better system of justice. You have the right to remain silent—and the right to free speech. The right to worship, and to doubt. The right to be free from discrimination, and to hate. The right to life, and the right to own a gun. Rights are a sacred part of American identity. Yet they also are the source of some of our greatest divisions. We believe that holding a right means getting a judge to let us do whatever the right protects. And judges, for their part, seem unable to imagine two rights coexisting—reducing the law to winners and losers. The resulting system of legal absolutism distorts our law, debases our politics, and exacerbates our differences rather than helping to bridge them. As renowned legal scholar Jamal Greene argues, we need a different approach—and in How Rights Went Wrong, he proposes one that the Founders would have approved. They preferred to leave rights to legislatures and juries, not judges, he explains. Only because of the Founders’ original sin of racial discrimination—and subsequent missteps by the Supreme Court—did courts gain such outsized power over Americans’ rights. In this paradigm-shifting account, Greene forces readers to rethink the relationship between constitutional law and political dysfunction and shows how we can recover America’s original vision of rights, while updating them to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century. Audiobook read by Ryan Vincent Anderson.

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Finalist for the American Association of Publishers Prose Award

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PUBLISHERS PROSE AWARD FINALIST | “Essential and fresh and vital . . . It is the argument of this important book that until Americans can reimagine rights, there is no path forward, and there is, especially, no way to get race right. No peace, no justice.”—from the foreword by Jill Lepore, New York Times best-selling author of These Truths: A History of the United States

An eminent constitutional scholar reveals how our approach to rights is dividing America, and shows how we can build a better system of justice.

You have the right to remain silent—and the right to free speech. The right to worship, and to doubt. The right to be free from discrimination, and to hate. The right to life, and the right to own a gun.

Rights are a sacred part of American identity. Yet they also are the source of some of our greatest divisions. We believe that holding a right means getting a judge to let us do whatever the right protects. And judges, for their part, seem unable to imagine two rights coexisting—reducing the law to winners and losers. The resulting system of legal absolutism distorts our law, debases our politics, and exacerbates our differences rather than helping to bridge them.

As renowned legal scholar Jamal Greene argues, we need a different approach—and in How Rights Went Wrong, he proposes one that the Founders would have approved. They preferred to leave rights to legislatures and juries, not judges, he explains. Only because of the Founders’ original sin of racial discrimination—and subsequent missteps by the Supreme Court—did courts gain such outsized power over Americans’ rights. In this paradigm-shifting account, Greene forces readers to rethink the relationship between constitutional law and political dysfunction and shows how we can recover America’s original vision of rights, while updating them to confront the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Audiobook read by Ryan Vincent Anderson.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A spirited critique of the US judiciary’s ‘all-or-nothing’ approach to deciding conflicts over constitutional rights…Greene argues that ‘proportionality,’ a judicial approach in which courts seek to balance competing claims and craft decisions recognizing diverse interests for the benefit of society, would be better suited to resolving today’s most complex and difficult issues…[He] laces his account with feisty legal opinions and colorful character sketches.” Publishers Weekly
“The courts have cast competing rights as questions of who has the right and who doesn’t—an either/or binary approach that ignores the multilayered nuances of rights necessary to maintaining civil communities in the 21st century, Greene insists.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Jamal Greene

Author Bio: Jamal Greene

Jamal Greene is Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Honorable. John Paul Stevens, he was a reporter for Sports Illustrated from 1999 to 2002.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Law
Runtime: 11.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English