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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Even if we assume , as the classical perspective does , that speech involves only a “ risk ” of something else that is truly harmful , we ought to know something about what people actually perceive to be the risk and what kind of ...
If , for example , we are concerned about being unduly risk - averse , we may benefit by exposing ourselves to significant risks in a limited context where the consequences of those risks are relatively contained .
But it was also doubted whether the risk assumed by the fortress model is really as significant or substantial as the model supposed it to be , and we wondered , in any event , whether there would be a role for free speech if the risk ...
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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
The Classical Model and Its Limits
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