The landmark case that destroyed economic liberty

posted by
July 15, 2016
Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D'Amato  
Posted in Commentary

"If the Supreme Court's 1905 holding in Lochner v. New York is the widely reviled embodiment of the constitutional right to freedom of contract, then West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish is its celebrated antithesis. The New Deal era case has been identified with the beginning of a 'Constitutional Revolution' that freed progressive social policy to march triumphantly onward. But the official, approved story of West Coast Hotel, a case almost uniformly lauded by legal scholars, has it quite wrong. Far from heralding an enlightened era of reform, West Coast Hotel signals a break from traditional liberal values of freedom and individualism, a move in the direction of social engineering and control by political elites." (07/14/16)  

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