WP: Gorsuch Sides with Big Business, Big Donors and Big Bosses

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Judge Neil Gorsuch at the White House after being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Trump. Like Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination was defeated in 1987, Judge Gorsuch is said to favor an originalist interpretation of the Constitution. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Zephyr Teachout on February 21, 2017.

“One of the most important questions for analyzing a potential Supreme Court justice is how he or she understands economic and political power: Who should govern?” writes Zephyr Teachout in The Washington Post. “How should power be distributed in a society? In the case of Neil Gorsuch, the federal appeals judge President Trump has nominated for the high court, the answers are troubling. Gorsuch’s record on the bench reveals a man with a strong top-down streak, a preference for concentrated wealth and power. He has consistently been the friend of big business and monopolies at the expense of competition and open markets, and the friend of big donors at the expense of small donors. In disputes between the employee and employer, he sides with the boss.

“How judges interpret antitrust law is especially important in understanding their approach to the relationship between economic and political power. It tells you a lot about what they think counts as fair and free competition between citizens. It also teaches us whether they understand markets as institutions — formed through rules and subject to public governance — or instead as some mythic set of natural forces, beyond our control. …

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