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Getting It Right

Today on Uncommon Knowledge, I ask Mr. Justice Antonin Scalia how he would like to be remembered.

Scalia:  “I’m not a great believer in legacy.”

Robinson:  “Then what is the point of writing dissents?”

Scalia:  “Not to get a legacy. To get the thing right–to get the society to turn back to a proper interpretation of the Constitution….We had a wonderful thing here. We have a wonderful thing here.  I truly believe it cannot continue if we turn over so much of our democratic self-governance–so much of what makes us great–to unelected judges.

That is what I care about.”

For the essential Antonin Scalia, click here.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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