What's Wrong with the First Amendment

Title

What's Wrong with the First Amendment

Subject

United States. Constitution. 1st Amendment
Freedom of speech -- United States

Description

What is Wrong with the First Amendment? argues that the US love affair with the First Amendment has mutated into free speech idolatry. Free speech has been placed on so high a pedestal that it is almost automatically privileged over privacy, fair trials, equality and public health, even protecting depictions of animal cruelty and violent video games sold to children. At the same time, dissent is unduly stifled and religious minorities are burdened. The First Amendment benefits the powerful at the expense of the vulnerable. By contrast, other Western democracies provide more reasonable accommodations between free speech and other values though their protections of dissent, and religious minorities are also inadequate. Professor Steven H. Shiffrin argues that US free speech extremism is not the product of broad cultural factors, but rather political ideologies developed after the 1950s. He shows that conservatives and liberals have arrived at similar conclusions for different political reasons.

Creator

Shiffrin, Steven H.

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Date

2016

Format

Book, physical

Language

English

Identifier

KF4770 .S555 2016

Files

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Citation

Shiffrin, Steven H., “What's Wrong with the First Amendment,” Trinity College Library, accessed June 15, 2021, https://tclibrary.omeka.net/items/show/261.