One of the primary ways we’ve been getting screwed over for the last few decades is via Supreme Court decisions that stack the deck in favor of the wealthy. The right and the left have both focused on the Court’s role in the Culture Wars – LGBT rights, eroding abortion access, affirmative action, preserving the Death Penalty, and more.
All of these conflicts are extremely important, and all have received a tremendous amount of attention in the media. Both left and right have had wins and losses at the Supreme Court level over these issues. And then you have the basic struggle of the working class versus the wealthy. That fight has been extremely one sided, and it looks like it’s about to get worse. One side, the right, has used the culture wars to weaponize the court for political purposes – to get conservative working class folks to vote GOP so they’ll have a Supreme Court that reflects their cultural values. This particular column isn’t about which cultural values are correct, but is about how the economic interests of working class people are systematically undermined by the persistent, decades-spanning conservative majority court.