The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America
Oxford University Press, 1986 - 295 páginas
The First Amendment provides Americans with a far broader protection of free speech than that available in any other Western democracy, Lee Bollinger notes, and yet other democracies are not seen as significantly less open or more restrictive that the United States. Why do Americans guarantee
people the right to advocate the overthrow of the government or advance racist or genocidal ideas? Why, for example, protect the right of neo-Nazis to march in predominantly Jewish Skokie, Illinois?
In The Tolerant Society, Bollinger offers a masterful critique of the major theories of freedom of expression, and offers an alternative explanation. Traditional justifications for protecting extremist speech have turned largely on the inherent value of self-expression, maintaining that the
About the Author:
Lee C. Bollinger is Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.
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We may decide , as indeed most of us would probably be eager to do , that our “ democracy ” will mean something more than a raw principle that majority rule on all matters shall prevail . That choice , however , must be explained by ...
Were we to decide ourselves what to hear and what not to hear , we might very well choose not to listen to the very same speech the earlier censorship of which we so vigorously objected to ; we might decide to forbid it for precisely ...
Those who possess the power to see their choices put into effect must decide whether and how far press ahead in the face of opposition . " Those in the minority must decide whether to accede to the will and power of the majority or in ...
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Bollinger, in this study of the First Amendment, examines some old chest nuts, such as the social and legal implications of the freedom of speech guarantee; the fragile, frequently tense majority rule ... Leer comentario completo
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The Tolerant Society
Lee C. Bollinger Dean University of Michigan Law School
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