This discussion focuses on the role played by the US Supreme Court in undercutting–virtually throughout its history–efforts to guarantee equality in voting rights, housing, legal protections, access to education, and other rights enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Our guide in this discussion is Adam Cohen’s new book, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, a brilliant overview of the Court’s role in undercutting American ideals of equal justice for all.

George Ovitt has been teaching at Albuquerque Academy since 2000. Before that he taught at Sidwell Friends School and Drexel University. He is the author of eight books, the most recent a collection of short essays on literature and politics, Trotsky’s Sink, written with his colleague, Peter Nash.