The Supreme Court’s infamous ‘Lochner era’ ended in the 1930s. Rand Paul wants it back.

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As Rand Paul moves closer to a presidential run, you might expect he’d be trying to downplay his more unconventional libertarian positions. Instead, he’s making them clearer than ever.

In a speech this week, Paul voiced his support for an infamous and long-obsolete Supreme Court ruling asserting that “liberty to contract” was a fundamental Constitutional right — a case, Lochner v. New York, that lent its name to one of the most controversial periods of the Court’s history.


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