Reconsider Old Taboo

Scott Dodson


The recent cries of judicial activism need to be scrutinized. Are decisions like Lawrence and Goodrich really activist and, if so, is that even something to be discouraged? In this op-ed, I look closely at the "activism" of these decisions and conclude that there is nothing inherently activist about them. I also conclude that, even if there is, activism is defensible in certain cases when it returns to the people the power to exercise their own individual liberties.