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Fundamental Liberties of a Free People - Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly (Paperback, New Ed): Milton R. Konvitz Fundamental Liberties of a Free People - Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly (Paperback, New Ed)
Milton R. Konvitz
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Of the American Bill of Rights, perhaps the forty-five words that comprise the First Amendment -- allowing freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, and the guaranty of the writ of habeas corpus -- are the most precious. Only a legal expert could lay claim to truly understanding the meaning and intention of those basic freedoms. Yet it is precisely the expert, knowing the complexity of the subject, who would be the first to hesitate to claim to possess such a thorough understanding. In analyzing such freedoms basic to American society, Milton Konvitz helps make comprehending our fundamental liberties easier.

The book is divided into three parts: I. Freedom of Religion; II. Freedom of Speech, Press, and Assembly; III. Freedom of Speech, Press, and Assembly: The Clear and Present Danger Doctrine. The reader will find included such topics as the debate over the scope of the separation of Church and State, whether or not freedom of religion is an absolute right, religious freedom prior to 1776, the liberty of private schools, heresy, the right for a religious group to seek converts, the freedoms not to speak and listen, obscene literature, picketing in labor disputes, the freedom to think and believe, abridgments of speech and press, and loyalty oaths and guilt by association.

Konvitz's work includes an important chapter on the history of the adoption of the Bill of Rights. His careful tracing of the development of constitutional attitudes to the freedoms protected by the First Amendment is a scholarly benchmark, and is still an archetype for students doing research and writing about these issues. It is of critical importance to anyone seeking an authoritative statement on thebasic liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Fundamental Liberties of a Free People is a relevant and practical guide to understanding the liberties so fundamental to a free society. In his new introduction and afterword, author Milton Konvitz brings First Amendment developments up to 2002. It will be welcomed by students and scholars of constitutional law, government, politics, religion, and American history.

Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America (Paperback, Revised): Steven H Shiffrin Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America (Paperback, Revised)
Steven H Shiffrin
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Americans should not just tolerate dissent. They should encourage it. In this provocative and wide-ranging book, Steven Shiffrin makes this case by arguing that dissent should be promoted because it lies at the heart of a core American value: free speech. He contends, however, that the country's major institutions--including the Supreme Court and the mass media--wrongly limit dissent. And he reflects on how society and the law should change to encourage nonconformity.

Shiffrin is one of the country's leading first-amendment theorists. He advances his dissent-based theory of free speech with careful reference to its implications for such controversial topics of constitutional debate as flag burning, cigarette advertising, racist speech, and subsidizing the arts. He shows that a dissent-based approach would offer strong protection for free speech--he defends flag burning as a legitimate form of protest, for example--but argues that it would still allow for certain limitations on activities such as hate speech and commercial speech. Shiffrin adds that a dissent-based approach reveals weaknesses in the approaches to free speech taken by postmodernism, Republicanism, deliberative democratic theory, outsider jurisprudence, and liberal theory.

Throughout the book, Shiffrin emphasizes the social functions of dissent: its role in combating injustice and its place in cultural struggles over the meanings of America. He argues, for example, that if we took a dissent-based approach to free speech seriously, we would no longer accept the unjust fact that public debate is dominated by the voices of the powerful and the wealthy. To ensure that more voices are heard, he argues, the country should take such steps as making defamation laws more hospitable to criticism of powerful people, loosening the grip of commercial interests on the media, and ensuring that young people are taught the importance of challenging injustice.

Powerfully and clearly argued, Shiffrin's book is a major contribution to debate about one of the most important subjects in American public life.

Creating Citizens - Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Hardcover, New): Eamonn Callan Creating Citizens - Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Hardcover, New)
Eamonn Callan
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This timely and important book presents a compelling new theory of political education for liberal democracies. Amidst current concern over the need to encourage a morally sensitive and committed citizenry, Professor Callan's study provides a much-needed balanced discussion of the proper ends of education, as well as the moral rights of parents and children.

Eine Zensur Findet Statt! - Redeverbote Und B cherverbrennung in Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German, Paperback, 2nd... Eine Zensur Findet Statt! - Redeverbote Und B cherverbrennung in Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German, Paperback, 2nd Uberarbeitete Und Aktualisiert ed.)
Germar Rudolf
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Liberty and Legislation (Hardcover): Richard Hoggart Liberty and Legislation (Hardcover)
Richard Hoggart
R2,541 Discovery Miles 25 410 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Has legislation over-reached itself? The contributors to this volume discuss whether the increase in legislative instruments of many kinds, often promoted with good intentions, may be progressively limiting both our individual and our communal freedoms. Contributors include Bernard Crick, Maurice Peston and James Ferman discuss this key idea in accessible and forthright style.

Egohumanisterna - de Nya Totalit rerna (Swedish, Hardcover): Kristian T Rning Egohumanisterna - de Nya Totalit rerna (Swedish, Hardcover)
Kristian T Rning
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Egohumanisterna - de Nya Totalitarerna (Swedish, Paperback): Kristian Torning Egohumanisterna - de Nya Totalitarerna (Swedish, Paperback)
Kristian Torning
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Literary Freedom - A Cultural Right to Literature (Paperback): Heather Katharine McRobie Literary Freedom - A Cultural Right to Literature (Paperback)
Heather Katharine McRobie
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Literary Freedom: a Cultural Right to Literature is a non-fiction study of literary freedom from a political-philosophical perspective. It adds an original perspective on the issue of literary freedom as it synthesizes debates from human rights as well as providing a new way of addressing the question 'How do we mitigate against the harm caused by hate speech?' by applying Amartya Sen's capability approach to this question.

Creating Citizens - Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Paperback, New ed): Eamonn Callan Creating Citizens - Political Education and Liberal Democracy (Paperback, New ed)
Eamonn Callan
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Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in contemporary political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy, and also work in applied political theory. The series contains works of outstanding quality with no restriction as to approach or subject matter. The series editors are Will Kymlicka, David Miller, and Alan Ryan. Any liberal democratic state must honour religious and cultural pluralism in its educational policies. To fail to honour them would betray ideals of freedom and toleration fundamental to liberal democracy. Yet if such ideals are to flourish from one generation to the next, allegiance to the distinctive values of liberal democracy is a necessary educational end, whose pursuit will constrain pluralism. The problem of political education is therefore to ensure the continuity across generations of the constitutive ideals of liberal democracy, while remaining hospitable to a diversity of conduct and belief that sometimes threatens those very ideals. Creating Citizens addresses this crucial problem. In lucid and elegant prose, Professor Callan, one of the world's foremost philosophers of education, identifies both the principal ends of civic education, and the rights that limit their political pursuit. This timely study sheds light on some of the most divisive educational controversies, such as state sponsorship and regulation of denominational schooling, as well as the role of non-denominational schools in the moral and political development of children.

When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? - Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence (Paperback): Genevieve Lester When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? - Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence (Paperback)
Genevieve Lester
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Contrary to popular assumption, the development of stronger oversight mechanisms actually leads to greater secrecy rather than the reverse. When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? examines modern trends in intelligence oversight development by focusing on how American oversight mechanisms combine to bolster an internal security system and thus increase the secrecy of the intelligence enterprise. Genevieve Lester uniquely examines how these oversight mechanisms have developed within all three branches of government, how they interact, and what types of historical pivot points have driven change among them. She disaggregates the concept of accountability into a series of specified criteria in order to grapple with these pivot points. This book concludes with a discussion of a series of normative questions, suggesting ways to improve oversight mechanisms based on the analytical criteria laid out in the analysis. It also includes a chapter on the workings of the CIA to which a number of CIA officers contributed.

Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech (Paperback, New Ed): C. Edwin Baker Human Liberty and Freedom of Speech (Paperback, New Ed)
C. Edwin Baker
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Although an inchoate liberty theory of freedom of speech has deep roots in Supreme Court decisions and political history, it has been overshadowed in judicial decisions and scholarly commentary by the marketplace of ideas theory. In this book, Baker critiques the assumptions required by the marketplace of ideas theory and develops the liberty theory, showing its philosophical soundness, persuasiveness, and ability to protect free speech. He argues that First Amendment liberty rights (as well as Fourteenth Amendment equality rights) required by political or moral theory are central to the possibility of progressive change. Problem areas are examined, including the question of whether individual political and civil rights can in principle be distinguished from property rights, freedom of the press, and the use of public spaces for expressive purposes.

Amendment to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in... Amendment to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters - Almaty, 27 May 2005 - Miscellaneous Series (2008) No. 8 (Paperback)
Great Britain Foreign and Commonwealth Office
R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Special order

The Amendment has not been ratified by the United Kingdom.

Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution - Shopping Malls and the First Amendment (Hardcover): Anthony Maniscalco Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution - Shopping Malls and the First Amendment (Hardcover)
Anthony Maniscalco
R1,708 Discovery Miles 17 080 Special order
Human Rights: Group Defamation, Freedom of Expression and the Law of Nations (Hardcover): Thomas David Jones Human Rights: Group Defamation, Freedom of Expression and the Law of Nations (Hardcover)
Thomas David Jones
R5,124 Discovery Miles 51 240 Special order

In his book "Human Rights: Group Defamation, Freedom of Expression and" "the Law of Nations," Thomas David Jones presents a discussion and analysis of the laws governing group defamation and speech inciteful of racial hatred in Great Britain, Canada, India, Nigeria, and the United States. Although there exists no federal group defamation law in the United States, a few state legislatures have promulgated group defamation statutes, while a cause of action for group defamation has been recognized as justiciable in the decision law of other states. Mr Jones describes his theory as constitutional minimalism because he does not advocate the legal proscription of all derogatory hate speech. Only the sub-category of hate speech that fulfills the standard elements of proof found in common law defamation claim will be prosecuted criminally by the federal government. The author further asserts that a carefully and narrowly drafted federal criminal group defamation statute will pass constitutional muster without creating a conflict with First Amendment rights.

Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate - Free Speech and the Inculcation of Values (Paperback, New): Robert Lane Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate - Free Speech and the Inculcation of Values (Paperback, New)
Robert Lane
R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Special order

In a 1969 landmark case, the US Supreme Court ruled that the suspension of student for protesting the Vietnam War violated the First Amendment. On what grounds do public school students merit First Amendment protection? The author reviews the obstacles of this important issue and suggests a mix of protection and autonomy for students.

The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) (MP3 format, CD): Robert Spencer The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) (MP3 format, CD)
Robert Spencer; Read by Adam North
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The Future of Academic Freedom (Hardcover, New): Louis Menand The Future of Academic Freedom (Hardcover, New)
Louis Menand
R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Special order

At the bottom of every controversy embroiling the university today - from debates over hate-speech codes to the reorganization of the academy as a multicultural institution - is the concept of academic freedom. But academic freedom is almost never mentioned in these debates. Now nine leading academics consider the problems confronting the American university in terms of their effect on the future of academic freedom. Whom and what does academic freedom protect? Are restrictions on hate speech compatible with the academic freedom of inquiry? Must academic freedom have epistemological foundations, or should it be reconceived as an ethical practice? If the American university is now undergoing a radical reorganization, both intellectual and economic, what are the threats to the freedoms of inquiry and expression that professors and students have traditionally taken for granted? The essays respond to critics of the university, but they also respond to one another: Rorty and Haskell argue about the epistemological foundations of academic freedom; Gates and Sunstein discuss the legal and educational logic of speech codes. But in the end the volume achieves an unexpected consensus about the need to reconceive the concept of academic freedom in order to meet the threats and risks of the future.

Freedom of Expression - Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property (Paperback, 1st University of Minnesota... Freedom of Expression - Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property (Paperback, 1st University of Minnesota Press ed)
Kembrew McLeod
R371 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R29 (8%) Special order

Drop that quotation/sample/collage, sir! An enlightening, amusing, and frightening look at how the growth of intellectual property law is making us all less free to say and think what we want.
In 1998 university professor and professional art prankster Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression" as a joke, an amusing if dark way to comment on how intellectual property law is increasingly being used to fence off the culture and restrict the way we're allowed to express ideas. But what's happened in recent years to intellectual property law is no joke and has had repercussions on our culture and our everyday lives. The trend toward privatization of--melodies, genes, public space, the English language--means an inevitable clash of economic values against the value of free speech, creativity, and shared resources. Our irreplaceable cultural commons is being sectioned up and sold off to the highest bidders and the most aggressive litigators.
In "Freedom of Expression(R), Kembrew McLeod gathers topics as diverse as hip-hop music and digital sampling, the patenting of seeds and human genes, folk and blues music, visual collage art, electronic voting, the Internet and computer software. In doing so, he connects this rapidly accelerating push to pin down everything as a piece of private property to its effects on music, art and science.
In much the same way Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation tied together disparate topics to paint an alarming picture of the food industry, and written in a witty style that brings to mind media pranksters like Al Franken, Ken Kesey, and Abbie Hoffman, "Freedom of Expression(R) uses intellectual property law as the focal point toshow how economic concerns are seriously eroding creativity and free speech. It's later than we know.

The Logic of Persecution: Free Expression and the McCarthy Era (Hardcover, New): Martin H Redish The Logic of Persecution: Free Expression and the McCarthy Era (Hardcover, New)
Martin H Redish
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This book demonstrates that neither the current liberal nor conservative positions on the McCarthy era provide the basis for a clear normative perspective. Examining the era through the lens of the theory of free expression, it becomes apparent that both sides have basically missed the key point. While recently declassified documents demonstrate widespread participation by American Communists in conducting or facilitating espionage, much of the negative treatment they received had little or nothing to do with such activity. From the perspective of the First Amendment right of free speech, there exists a significant difference between speech that advocates conduct, on the one hand, and speech that itself is part of a nonspeech criminal act, such as espionage, on the other. By helping to separate protected speech from unprotected "speech-acts," First Amendment theory can do much to distinguish between the legitimate governmental responses to American Communism and those that contravened basic notions of communicative freedom protected by the Constitution. At the same time, by focusing the First Amendment inquiry on the McCarthy era, one should be able to glean insights about the broader implications of free speech protection.

WikiLeaks - Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (Standard format, CD): David Leigh, Luke Harding WikiLeaks - Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (Standard format, CD)
David Leigh, Luke Harding; Contributions by Ed Pilkington, Robert Booth, Charles Arthur; Read by …
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The extraordinary twists and turns of WikiLeaks have been closely followed by the Guardian newspaper ever since the website launched in 2006, and Guardian journalists have had unprecedented access to all the major players, from angry and embarrassed politicians and diplomats to the extraordinary figure of Julian Assange himself. Here they reveal the many strands--legal, ethical, security related--of a story that continues to dominate world headlines. WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy presents the whole history of the organization and the ethical debate that surrounded the use of its material, plus the inside story of the personalities that created then threatened to destroy the website that has changed our view of secrecy forever.

The Reconstruction of Patriotism - Education for Civic Consciousness (Hardcover): Morris Janowitz The Reconstruction of Patriotism - Education for Civic Consciousness (Hardcover)
Morris Janowitz
R829 Discovery Miles 8 290 Special order

"A meticulous, well-tuned examination of what Janowitz says is the decline of civic thought in America, and what might be done to restore it. . . . The patriotism Janowitz proposes to reconstruct is not the sort of narrow nationalism your political science professor may have warned you about--patriotism as 'the last refuge of a scoundrel.' It is instead a patriotism that intelligently appreciates life in a (however imperfect) democratic land."--Robert Marquand, "The Christian Science Monitor"
"In "The Reconstruction of Patriotism, " Morris Janowitz . . . places a national-service program on the national agenda. . . . Like William James, Janowitz envisions government enrolling young people to work for a year or two at subsistence pay, doing jobs that benefit society--working with, say, 'conservation, health, or old-age problems.' He believes that we need a service program because since the end of the Second World War our citizens (and, indeed, citizens of almost all the advanced industrial nations) have become more keenly aware of their rights than of their obligations, and generations are growing up with little or no understanding that they are members of a national community and have responsibilities to it--that they must give as well as take. . . . Because it reopens discussion of our wider obligations and how to fulfill them, Mr. Janowitz's thoughtful book is in itself a national service."--Naomi Bliven, "The New Yorker"

"Morris Janowitz examines an issue that seldom is subject to social and political analysis--patriotism. His thesis is clear: The long-term trend in politics has been to enhance citizen rights without effective articulation of citizen obligations. A meaningful balance between the two, he contends, must be restored. . . . The strength of this study lies in Janowitz's persuasive argument that the durability and vitality of democratic institutions require that a sense of community, or shared values, be preserved. Without civiz consciousness, he rightly observes, social and political fragmentation ensues. . . . A lucid and impressively researched polemic."--W. Wesley McDonald, "American Political Science Review"

"Janowitz addresses a seminal issue: how to restore the sense of shared civic responsibility that has fallen victim in recent years to our growing preoccupation with individual rights and the rise of special-interest groups. . . . Central to his prescription is the revival of the concept of the citizen soldier, whose importance since pre-Revolutionary War days Janoqitz discusses at length. He concludes, 'There can be no reconstruction of patriotism without a system of national service.' . . . An important book. I highly recommend it."--"Washington Monthly"

Beyond the First Amendment - The Politics of Free Speech and Pluralism (Hardcover): Samuel P. Nelson Beyond the First Amendment - The Politics of Free Speech and Pluralism (Hardcover)
Samuel P. Nelson
R1,003 R836 Discovery Miles 8 360 Save R167 (17%) Special order

Americans often believe that the First Amendment and free speech are synonymous and that all restrictions on speech can be addressed by the legal framework of the First Amendment. Political theorist Samuel P. Nelson argues that the current legal framework for free speech actually undermines attempts to resolve many of these issues and that the law of the First Amendment has supplanted the vital politics of free speech.

To cut through the confusion, Nelson takes a step back from the First Amendment framework to understand the social nature of speech, moving toward a more pluralistsic and value-based understanding. He examines three philosophies commonly used to justify speech protection -- libertarianism, expressivism, and egalitarianism -- and finds none of them sufficiently responsive in today's contemporary political landscape.

Advocating an approach grounded in value pluralism -- which describes a wider variety of free speech claims than the First Amendment allows -- Nelson pushes the debate beyond constitutional and legal questions.

Freedom of Speech and Incitement against Democracy (Hardcover): David Kretzmer, Francine Kershman Hazan Freedom of Speech and Incitement against Democracy (Hardcover)
David Kretzmer, Francine Kershman Hazan
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Whilst the protection of political speech is essential to the preservation of a democratic legal order, events of political violence and assassinations highlight the need to rethink questions relating to the boundaries of free speech in a democratic society.
To what extent should democratic countries committed to freedom of speech limit those forms of extreme speech that may be considered as incitements to violence? This is a question that has long divided academics and activists alike. It has become even more relevant today, with the recent rise of extreme right-wing parties in various European democracies.
In this book, leading scholars of constitutional law, human rights and criminal law, from various countries with divergent philosophies on freedom of speech, address the question of whether we can, and should, regulate speech in order to protect democracy and, if so, how.

Freedom of Expression - Counting the Costs (Hardcover, Unabridged edition): Glen Newey Freedom of Expression - Counting the Costs (Hardcover, Unabridged edition)
Glen Newey
R1,318 Discovery Miles 13 180 Special order

Freedom of expression has long been cherished as a liberal ideal. But in the political climate of the new millennium free expression finds itself under assault. Muslims greeted the publication by a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad with outrage. The Pope was forced to issue an apology after Muslims denounced his remarks about a Byzantine emperor as anti-Islamic. Meanwhile in the UK, the play Behzti was cancelled after protests by Sikhs and Christian activists attempted to force the BBC not to screen Jerry Springer: the Opera. The political establishment, as well as religious activists, has also tried to gag free speech. Moves to ban inciting religious hatred and "glorifying" acts of terrorism, have stirred up political ferment. In several jurisdictions Holocaust denial is already outlawed. The advent of the internet, with its lack of regulation, has fuelled long-standing feminist concerns about pornography. Child pornography has become rampant on the web. This collection explores the new challenges to free expression posed by cultural and political conflict and by technological change. It asks whether classical and modern liberalism still carry conviction against challenges to liberal orthodoxy. The contributors ask how to weigh the claims of free expression against other fundamental rights such as group membership, personal privacy, and the protection of the public sphere both as a discursive realm, and as a cultural space. Together they tackle the key questions facing free expression today: What does free expression mean in an age of global communications? How, if at all, can it be traded against other goods? Can free speech survive, given the growing awareness of its costs?

Propaganda and the Public Mind (MP3 format, CD): Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian Propaganda and the Public Mind (MP3 format, CD)
Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian; Read by Brian Jones
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