This week, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v.
Wade decision, we take a look at the life and work of the most influential conservative legal theorist of the 20th century: the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
This week’s guest is David Boaz, author of The Law and Its Justices, which is now out in paperback.
David Boizaz is a professor of law at Harvard University.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Welcome to the podcast.
We’re honored to have you here, David Boag.
Great to be with you.
I’ve been working on a new book about Justice Scalia, Justice Scalia: The Life and Legacy of an Icon.
It’s an amazing book.
You write about his political views.
He’s not a political conservative.
He was a very liberal.
He went to Harvard, and I think he was a liberal who thought there should be more equality and that the state shouldn’t be able to intervene in the private sphere.
I think there was some of that.
He also believed in what I think of as the “libertarianism” or what you call the “individualism” of American liberalism, which I think was something that was very radical.
I mean, he was certainly not a member of the party of Lincoln, or the party that had the most to do with the Civil War.
But he was very strongly associated with the individualistic individualism that was associated with John Stuart Mill and Benjamin Franklin.
So he had a very strong political and social background, which really made him an interesting subject for a lot of people, and he is a great writer.
He has a brilliant, engaging writing style, which can be very hard to read and understand, and we have to be able, as historians, to sort of navigate through that.
I’d like to introduce you to him.
How do you find him, David?
He’s a man of such great talent.
You can find him in many ways.
You could ask him.
You know, his publicist has been calling me on his cell phone.
And we are talking about this book.
I’m going to read it in my home office in my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the only way I can say this is to go back and read the book and talk to him, talk to you about it.
And I think that’s really important because I think if we don’t have conversations about him, and if we’re not able to have conversations, then we’re going to continue to see this sort of ugly polarization, which seems to be continuing in many different parts of the country.
He is an icon of American conservatism, and as we’re talking about it, he’s an icon for many of the conservatives who are really, really worried about that polarization.
He said in a letter to a friend that he believes in freedom, and that’s true, but he said he is an advocate of individual liberty.
And, you know, there’s a certain irony in the fact that in some ways, Justice Thomas is an individualist and individualist in his thinking.
In some ways he’s a conservative, but also, in some respects, he has been an individualism advocate.
And so, that’s why I think this book, because I’m not an advocate for Justice Thomas.
I hope that’s OK.
But, you see, I’m an advocate, because he’s the only one that I can think of who has actually been able to write a book on Justice Thomas, who has written a book about him that really gives us a comprehensive understanding of Justice Thomas as a person.
And it’s one of the reasons I’m interested in this book and why I’m excited about this particular project.
This is going to be a long, long, time.
I have to say that I’ve written this book in about four weeks.
And you’ve been reading it and you’re still reading it.
But I think the important thing is to recognize that this book is not a memoir of Justice Scalia’s life.
This book is a book of essays and a book that tries to capture a different kind of life for Justice Scalia than the way most people have described him.
The book has been written with Justice Scalia in mind, and this is really a biography.
And in some cases, he had some help from me.
I wrote this book because I wanted to give justice Scalia an honest and detailed account of himself, and not just to portray him as a liberal, but to really try to give him a fuller portrait.
The first thing that we need to do, I think, is understand how much justice Scalia changed the legal landscape of the 21st century.
I believe that the first step is to look at some of the key figures who he influenced, and who he shaped.
That’s where he became known as one of, if not the most important liberal jurist of the