Major changes in American society are made by Congress (sometimes) and the president (rarely), but the Supreme Court has great power to reverse years of tradition and oppression, right?
Yes, but... the justices live in our country and observe what's going on around them.
Which is why just plain folks can still have an enormous impact on policy, in the view of law professor David Cole.
In his book Engines of Liberty, he argues that citizen activists have succeeded many times in turning their views into law--take gay marriage and gun rights as examples.
David Cole joins us with further examples from his book.