Culture

8 Things Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Gets Right In His Amazing New York Mag Interview

Culture

8 Things Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Gets Right In His Amazing New York Mag Interview

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Constitutional mini-boss Antonin Scalia gave an elucidating, and controversial interview published in New York magazine over the weekend. The media is having a field day cherry-picking from the panoply of offensive, laughable, and jaw-dropping quotes, each of which is more malicious, wrong, wrong-headed, and out of touch than the next, like his literal belief in the Catholic Devil and his admission that he has no openly homosexual friends.

But tearing apart all of the horror-show revelations from our nation’s worst Supreme Court Justice, which places him well in the running for nation’s worst human, only tells part of the story. In fact, there’s a lot about the law, contemporary culture, and the true nature of America that the Supreme Court Justice actually got right. Here are those eight things. Everything else in the interview may safely be disregarded as horse shit.

On the Nixon administration around Watergate

“It was a sad time. It was very depressing….power tends to corrupt.”

On stupidity and the Constitution

“A lot of stuff that’s stupid is not unconstitutional.”

On the power of Congress

“Power tends to corrupt.”

On why he doesn’t go to State of the Union addresses anymore

“It’s childish.”

On where he spent his junior year in college

“I spent my junior year in Switzerland.”

On managing expectations

“If you have low expectations, you’re not disappointed.”

On the relative merits of law schools

“Well, some law schools are better than others.”

On writing for the internet

“People who get used to blurbing things on the Internet are never going to be good writers.”