Hate Speech, Sex Speech, Free Speech

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

byNicholas Wolfson

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A powerful indictment of contemporary attacks on free speech, this book argues for a vigorous First Amendment jurisprudence protecting even offensive types of speech. In recent years, political activists, academics, and legal specialists have attacked traditional notions of free speech protection as they concern hate speech, obscenity, and pornography. They have called for changes in Supreme Court doctrine in defining the First Amendment and have argued that the traditional view of free speech actually creates and perpetuates a society in which the weak--women, minorities, the poor--have no voice. While recognizing their fears, Nicholas Wolfson argues that it is impossible to separate "bad" speech from "good" speech without fatally compromising the uniquely American concept of free speech, and that efforts to modify our concept of free speech for a greater egalitarian good can only result in undue state influence over private speech. In a keenly argued analysis, he finds that, in the end, the preservation of free and vigorous speech requires a strong First Amendment protection for even the most hateful of speech.

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A powerful indictment of contemporary attacks on free speech, this book argues for a vigorous First Amendment jurisprudence protecting even offensive types of speech. In recent years, political activists, academics, and legal specialists have attacked traditional notions of free speech protection as they concern hate speech, obscenity,...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.57 × 5.9 × 0.78 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275957705

ISBN - 13:9780275957704

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?This volume should be required reading for all those who have been taken in by the faulty arguments of Richard Delgado, Dinesh D'Souza, Catharine MacKinnon, and their followers.... highly recommended for all academic, public, and professional collections.??Choice