Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America

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Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America
Steven H.Dissent, Injustice, and the ... Textbook Shiffrin
Type: eBook
Released: 1998
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Page Count: 218
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0691001421
ISBN-13: 9780691001425
From Library Journal Shiffrin (law, Cornell) analyzes contemporary First Amendment jurisprudence, paying special attention to problems created by various forms of "hate speech" legislation. He contends that these types of speech restrictions do not fit into the traditional "free speech" framework, one that views free speech as a "marketplace of ideas." Rather, Shiffrin advocates a shift in First Amendment law toward a structure that better ensures various forms of dissent. The freedom to dissent, he observes, is the basis for preventing tyranny, as outlined by such notable liberty theorists as John Stuart Mill. Shiffrin's perspective also seems influenced by nontraditional intellectual strands, such as "critical race theory," which closely examines how racism affects American justice, and neo-Marxism. One is left wondering if he envisions a structure wherein some dissent is more protected than others. This is an academic work that will be appreciated by left-leaning legal scholarsAthose who will take the time to reread Shiffrin's informed but dense prose.ASteven Anderson, Gordon Feinblatt Rothman Hoffberger & Hollander, BaltimoreCopyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review "Shiffrin, one of the academy's leading first-amendment scholars, weaves into his account critiques of many of the arguments made by contemporary scholars, not to mention often devastating analyses of current Supreme Court doctrine." -- Sanford Levinson, University of Texas at Austin"This book will reinforce Shiffrin's position as one of the leading, if not the leading, theorist of a progressive understanding of free speech." -- Frederick Schauer, Harvard University"What emerges from this fundamental reorientation is . . . a well rendered account of an embattled national vision: a vision of what it might mean to be an engaged participant in civic life, to be an independent thinker, and ultimately to be an American." -- Robin West, Georgetown UniversityIn exploring dissent as a tool in opposing injustice, [Shiffrin] examines the place of dissent in liberal theory and in the media marketplace, as well as the marginalization of dissent. A demanding but interesting analysis. -- Review

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