Chief Justice Roberts

In celebration of John Roberts confirmation as Chief Justice of the United States, a job he will probably hold through a half a dozen Presidents or more, I quote from the New York Review of Books:

The most intriguing question about John Roberts is what led him as a young person whose success in life was virtually assured by family wealth and academic achievement to enlist in a political campaign designed to deny opportunities for success to those who lacked his advantages.

It’s a fascinating question, not simply about the morality and wisdom of his political ideology, but also about how ideology is constructed (or deconstructed) by experience. I recommend the whole piece.


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