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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 10:46 AM

The Federalist Society Says It's Not an Advocacy Organization. We Found Documents Showing Otherwise.

By AMANDA HOLLIS-BRUSKY and CALVIN TERBEEK

August 31, 2019

Amanda Hollis-Brusky is an associate professor of politics at Pomona College and author of Ideas With Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution.

Calvin TerBeek is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Chicago.

This past March, when the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies held its 37th annual national gathering for conservative law students, the lineup of speakers and panelists included an impressive number of Republican Party and conservative movement stars.

All four of the conference’s main panels were chaired by active Republican-appointed federal appeals court judges. Amul Thapar—a protégé of Senator Mitch McConnell who “nearly wouldn’t speak” to his own father upon finding out he had voted for Barack Obama, his father said—directed one panel. Edith Jones, a long-time 5th Circuit judge considered too conservative for the Supreme Court by the George H.W. Bush administration, moderated another. Elizabeth Branch, a recent appointee of President Donald Trump to the 11th Circuit and former senior official in the George W. Bush administration, moderated the third panel, while fellow Trump appointee to the 6th Circuit John B. Nalbandian moderated the fourth. And the “keynote” was a “fireside chat” between former GOP Senator Jon Kyl and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a fellow Republican.

Despite what appears to be an obvious political valence, the Federalist Society and its high-profile members have long insisted the nonprofit organization does not endorse any political party “or engage in other forms of political advocacy,” as its website says. The society does not deny an ideology—it calls itself a “group of conservatives and libertarians”—but it maintains that it is simply “about ideas,” not legislation, politicians or policy positions.

Federalist Society documents that one of us recently unearthed, however, make this position untenable going forward. The documents, made public here for the first time, show that the society not only has held explicit ideological goals since its infancy in the early 1980s, but sought to apply those ideological goals to legal policy and political issues through the group’s roundtables, symposia and conferences.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/31/federalist-society-advocacy-group-227991

Let's add also the book Democracy in Chains
The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
By Nancy MacLean

She explains on how this "Society" came into being and how the Koch's helped fund this Federalist Society Bullshit



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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 10:47 AM

1. Duh . . .

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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 10:55 AM

2. It's funny.

There was a piece in the Washington post this morning about conservatives feeling that there Isn’t enough political diversity on college campuses. Of course, they leave out the reality that there is no liberal philosophy permitted in conservative and so-called Christian universities. There certainly appears to be no philosophical or political diversity in the Federalist Society.

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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:00 AM

3. The Federalist Society's mission is to enslave America under a permanent right-wing judiciary

using the life-tenure clause in the Constitution


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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:38 AM

4. K&R

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