Salon Series: A Conversation with Author Ian Millhiser
April 22, 2021
The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America
Donald Trump is gone, but his legacy will live on for decades through the more than 200 federal judges he appointed, including three to the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. How will these justices use their power? In his new book, The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America, Ian Millhiser, a lawyer, senior Vox correspondent, and former law clerk in the federal appellate court system, presents an unflinching view of an increasingly partisan Court that will enact major systemic changes in areas like voting rights, the independence of federal agencies from political interference, and the separation of church and state. In conversation with the New Republic’s Osita Nwanevu, Millhiser discussed how these decisions will shape the very nature of American government, redefining who gets to have legal rights, who is beyond the reach of the law, and who chooses the people who make our laws.
Ian Millhiser, Senior Correspondent, VOX
Ian Millhiser is a senior correspondent at Vox, where he focuses on the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the decline of liberal democracy in the United States. Before joining Vox, Ian was a columnist at ThinkProgress. Among other things, he clerked for Judge Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and served as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Kenyon College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University, where he served as senior note editor on the Duke Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He is the author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. His reporting is partially supported by a grant from the New Venture Fund.
Osita Nwanevu, Staff Writer, The New Republic
Osita Nwanevu joined The New Republic as a staff writer in 2018, covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C. He is a former staff writer at Slate and a former editor-in-chief of the South Side Weekly, a Chicago alternative weekly. His writing has also appeared in Harper’s, the Chicago Reader, and In These Times.
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