Tuesday, September 16, 2003

William Murchison Reviews New Book by New Catholic Robert Bork

Looks to be another winner, although my one disagreement with Bork is that he tends to view the 9th Amendment as an ink blot (i.e., it's a nice sentiment, but it doesn't have much practical application). Maybe now that he's become Catholic, he'll have more of an appreciation for Natural Law principles.

The U.S. Supreme Court's discovery this summer of a constitutional right to the enjoyment of sodomy can have surprised only the very, very easily surprised. Less surprised than most, we have to assume, was Robert H. Bork, who understands the high court's philosophical premises better than almost anyone else thinking and writing about the interplay of law and culture. (...)

"If we do not understand the worldwide corruption of the judicial function," he writes, "we do not comprehend the full scope of the political revolution that is overtaking the West. The political revolution in Western nations is the gradual but unceasing replacement of government by elected officials with government by appointed judges . . .

"The political revolution brings with it a cultural revolution. In reading the opinions of many judges, it is apparent that they view their mission as preserving civilization from a barbarian majority motivated by bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia, irrational sexual morality, and the like." What the courts are substituting for old-fashioned moralities is "cultural socialism."

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