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Democracy v. Concentrated Wealth: In Search of a Louis D. Brandeis Quote

7 Pages Posted: 9 May 2014  

Peter Scott Campbell

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

On June 25, 2000, Ralph Nader used a little known quote by Louis D. Brandeis in his acceptance statement for the Green Party presidential nomination. Nader was apparently so enamored of the quote that he proceeded to repeat it in nearly every subsequent speech he made on the campaign trail. History has yet to determine whether any of Nader’s other statements in his speeches will make any lasting impact, but the Brandeis quote has certainly caught on. Over the years since 2000, the quote has been repeated so often in books, in articles and on the Internet that it has arguably become Brandeis’ most well-known quote. Unfortunately, there is no evidence he ever actually said it.

Keywords: Louis D. Brandeis, legal research

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Campbell, Peter Scott, Democracy v. Concentrated Wealth: In Search of a Louis D. Brandeis Quote (2013). 16 Green Bag 2D 251 (2013); University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2014-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2434225

Peter Scott Campbell (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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