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Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05)

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia makes remarks on the topic of "Constitutional Interpretation." He speaks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia makes remarks on the topic of "Constitutional Interpretation." He speaks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

©2005 National Cable Satellite Corporation

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    Steven Portland, OR, USA 04-01-05
    Steven Portland, OR, USA 04-01-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Originalist position explained"

    A clear explanation of his "Originalist" interpretation of the constitution and why he doesn't think the "living constitution" interpretation is correct or safe for our society. Clear, concise, lively and informative.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Washington, DC, USA 07-22-05
    Jeff Washington, DC, USA 07-22-05
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    "Supreme Court for Dummies"

    In a lively little talk, Justice Scalia smoothly explains the two main competing modes of interpreting the Constitution, though it's quite clear on which side he comes out. Forget about terms like "activist" or "strict constructionism." The debate is about "originalism" vs. the flexible "living constitution," even if judicial liberals would not call it that. This is what the real battle by liberals and conservatives over Supreme Court nominees is all about.

    Scalia shows why the 'living' constitution approach is so seductive -- the constitution can be made to agree with anything you think! He also makes "originalism" respectable again, noting that such an approach has dominated court thinking until just the past 50 years.

    Still, Scalia doesn't satisfactorily explain how the 'living' constitution approach came into being or why, in some rare cases, it might be appropriate to diverge from that approach. While I lean toward his approach, I consider myself a 'soft' originalist who wants a bit more flexibility. There have been times when a truly originalist approach would have let open sores on the body politic exist for far too long. Nonetheless, this is an interesting talk for Scalia supporters and detractors alike.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 01-16-11
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 01-16-11 Member Since 2005

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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    "Great!"

    Listen with prejudice and you'll learn about why Scalia is who Scalia is. And am I glad he is who he is!

    Yes, worth it. This is especially valuable if you believe the US Constitution is a "living" document. Every high school civics teacher NEEDS to listen to this shot speech.

    Chris Reich

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 09-03-07
    Michael Hixson, TN, USA 09-03-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Good talk"

    I would not generally agree wit Scalia but I will acknowledge that this is a very logical presentation that gave me a different perspective on judicial activism.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Lancaster, CA, USA 08-11-07
    Jeremy Lancaster, CA, USA 08-11-07
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    "compelling"

    Wether or not you agree with Justice Scalia's views on constitutional interpretation, this speech is very insightful, and gives good, solid basis for understanding "Original Interpretation." Scalia leaves out and even snubs the typical rhetoric that accompanies heated debates on the subject, and give a calm, orderly, well-built case for his position.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carole toledo, OH, USA 06-26-07
    Carole toledo, OH, USA 06-26-07
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    "Great speech!"

    This is a great overview of the "originalists" interpretation of the constitution. Plus, Scalia is such a marvelous and entertaining speaker, it makes the entire listen worthwhile. He has a great sense of humor which helps to make this subject easier to understand. Whether or not your agree with originalists, you will enjoy listening to one of our most colorful Supreme Court justices speak!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Collette Pearland, TX, United States 01-04-12
    Collette Pearland, TX, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Associate Professor at 4 yr. university in educational history and educational administration. Love reading historical books of all genres!

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    "In his own words..."

    I am not a fan of Antonin Scalia positions generally, but I did enjoy listening to his own description who he is as a justice of the Supreme Court. It is easy to learn from him, and I assume from this short speech with questions and answers that he is considered to be an accomplished teacher of law.
    I would suggest that this is a good listen for all people of all political persuasions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Chicago, IL, USA 12-09-05
    Gary Chicago, IL, USA 12-09-05
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    "A Brilliant Legal Mind"

    Like a surgeon, Scalia disects the arguments of the judicial activist judges, namely Justice Breyer. Justice Scalia shows why he is the intellectual heavyweight on the court.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tony St. Albans, WV, United States 12-16-13
    Tony St. Albans, WV, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Supreme Court: How "they" think - and its free!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05) to be better than the print version?

    I would guess that most Americans conclude that the US Supreme Court is something that it is not, according to Justice Scalia. This is a worth while hour regardless of one's politics to learn more about how our highest court makes decisions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05)?

    How he suggests clearly that it is in the hands of the people in the states to pass laws on a wide range of topics and that the constitutional questions need to be reserved to protect the minority, not the majority. I also was struck that he said that he has ruled against his own moral compass because it was his duty to do so,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Starting after the conclusion of the introductions to the end of the speech.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bo St. Petersburg, FL 03-08-13
    Bo St. Petersburg, FL 03-08-13
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    "good"
    Would you listen to Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05) again? Why?

    Yes, he is very well spoken and actually very likeable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05)?

    Him telling people to stop taking pictures.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there weren't scenes. It was just him giving a speech at a school


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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