The irony of Breyer's Sorrell dissent
Author: Timothy Sandefur
Breyer cites Holmes’s Lochner dissent for the proposition that when the USSC reviews economic regulations, it resulted “in the constitutionalization of economic theories preferred by individual jurists.” But the idea, adopted by Breyer, that the core of the First Amendment is about the marketplace of ideas and enhancing democracy, and therefore does not include commercial speech, is itself a judicial construct, based on the political theories preferred by Chafee, Holmes, Brandeis and other Progressives–and undoubtedly Breyer himself.
Update: On a related note, Trevor Burrus explains why one generation of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., is enough.
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