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Law Professor On America’s Approach To Absolute Rights And How We Can Improve It




The U.S. Supreme Court is shown February 5, 2009 in Washington, DC.
The U.S. Supreme Court is shown February 5, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Has America’s culture surrounding absolute rights gone off the rails? That’s the argument Professor Jamal Greene makes in his new book “How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights is Tearing America Apart," (March 2021). But he also suggests in his argument that there are ways to fix what he sees as the problem. 

Greene says that claiming one’s rights have been violated has become one of the best ways to seek out political interests and that courts should focus on context and justice over absolute rights. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Greene, a constitutional law scholar at Columbia, about his new book and what he sees as the problem and solution. Do you have questions or thoughts? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

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Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, author of the new book "How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights is Tearing America Apart," (March 2021); he tweets @jamalgreene