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The irony of free speech, Owen M. Fiss

Label
The irony of free speech
Title
The irony of free speech
Statement of responsibility
Owen M. Fiss
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How free is the speech of someone who can't be heard? Not very - and this, Owen Fiss suggests, is where the First Amendment comes in. In this book, a marvel of conciseness and eloquence, Fiss reframes the debate over free speech to reflect the First Amendment's role in ensuring public debate that is, in Justice William Brennan's words, truly "uninhibited, robust, and wide-open". By examining the silencing effects of speech - its power to overwhelm and intimidate the underfunded, underrepresented, or disadvantaged voice - Fiss shows how restrictions on political expenditures, hate speech, and pornography can be defended in terms of the First Amendment, not despite it. Similarly, when the state requires the media to air voices of opposition, or funds art that presents controversial or challenging points of view, it is doing its constitutional part to protect democratic self-rule from the aggregations of private power that threaten it. Where most liberal accounts cast the state as the enemy of freedom and the First Amendment as a restraint, this one reminds us that the state can also be the friend of freedom, protecting and fostering speech that might otherwise die unheard, depriving our democracy of the full range and richness of its expression
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fiss, Owen M
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4772
LC item number
.F57 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Freedom of speech
  • Hate speech
  • Pornography
  • Campaign funds
Label
The irony of free speech, Owen M. Fiss
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [85]-92) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34640687
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
98 pages
Isbn
9780674466609
Lccn
96008289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The irony of free speech, Owen M. Fiss
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [85]-92) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34640687
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
98 pages
Isbn
9780674466609
Lccn
96008289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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