The Anglosphere and our man, Justice Scalia...
Last night I was reading a piece titled "The Anglosphere Miracle" in the October, 2013, issue of The New Criterion. The article is an excerpt from Daniel Hannan's forthcoming, Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. Here's Hannan's declaration of one of the Anglosphere's central tenets:
We are still experiencing the after-effects of an astonishing event. The inhabitants of a damp island at the western tip of the Eurasian landmass stumbled upon the idea that the government ought to be subject to the law, not the other way around.
This is a good statement of the heroic work being done by Justices Scalia and Thomas on the Supreme Court of these United States. Both men are working assiduously to restore the authority of the Constitution of these United States over their fellow justices, as well as the rest of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of our federal government.
With that quote fresh in mind, a brother just forwarded a lengthy interview with Scalia in New York Magazine, and near the end there's this wonderful... exchange:
NYM: Fifty years from now, which decisions in your tenure do you think will be heroic?
SCALIA: Oh, my goodness. I have no idea. You know, for all I know, 50 years from now I may be the Justice Sutherland of the late-twentieth and early-21st century, who’s regarded as: “He was on the losing side of everything, an old fogey, the old view.” And I don’t care.