The Tolerant Society

The Tolerant Society : Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America

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Bollinger provides a masterful critique of the major theories of freedom of expression, finding these theories persuasive but inadequate. Buttressing his argument with references to the Skokie case and many other examples, as well as a careful analysis of the primary literature on free speech, he contends that the real value of toleration of extremist speech lies in the extraordinary self-control toward antisocial behavior that it elicits: society is strengthened by the exercise of tolerance.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 131.6 x 201.2 x 19.8mm | 303.57g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 019505430X
  • 9780195054309
  • 2,020,260

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This book is a breathtaking achievement. It brings together the insights and learning of a lifetime of study of the subject by a meticulous and rigorous scholar. Professor Barendt has marshalled an immense amount of detail and deployed it in a way that clears rather than obscures the path through a field fraught with conceptual, legal and political controversies. This book is an object-lesson in comparative human rights law, stimulating the reader to relfect on the use of comparative method, philosophy and public law. It has already become my trusted guide on free-speech issues. I recommend it enthusiastically to scholars, practioneers and students, all of whom will learn a great deal from it and find much to enjoy in it.show more

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