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By Nan Levinson

With the govt granting itself sweeping new surveillance powers, castigating its critics as unpatriotic, and equating differing reviews with abetting "America's enemies," loose speech turns out an early casualty of the battle on terrorism. yet as this e-book brilliantly demonstrates, to sacrifice our freedom of speech is to give up the very middle and soul of America.

Nan Levinson tells the tales of twenty those that refused to enable an individual whittle away at their correct to talk, imagine, create, or demur as they happy. between those occasionally not going defenders of the reason for unfastened speech are a diplomat who disclosed mystery information regarding govt misconduct in Guatemala, a Puerto Rican journalist who risked going to felony to guard her assets, a highschool instructor who mentioned gays and lesbians in literature, a fireman who fought for his correct to learn Playboy at paintings, and a former porn celebrity who defended her functionality piece as paintings. stuck up in conflicts which are alarming, advanced, complicated, suggest, or simply undeniable foolish, their instances are either emblematic and separately revealing, affording readers a wealthy number of views at the concerns surrounding unfastened speech debates.

In an enticing, anecdotal kind, Levinson explores the stability among First modification and different rights, comparable to equality, privateness, and safeguard; the connection between habit, speech, and photographs; the tangle of suppression, advertising, and politics; and the position of dissent in our society. those matters come to bright lifestyles within the tales mentioned in Outspoken, stories that—whether heroic or notorious, outrageous or straightforward—remind us many times of the facility of phrases and of the power of a democracy of voices.

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OUT SPOKEN unfastened speech tales NAN LEVINSON collage OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley · la · London University of California Press Berkeley and l. a., California college of California Press, Ltd. London, England © 2003 by way of Nan Levinson Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication facts Levinson, Nan, 1949– Outspoken : loose speech tales / Nan Levinson. p. cm. comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0–520–22370–5 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Freedom of speech—United States—History. 2. Censorship—United States—History. I. name. KF4772. L48 2003 342. 73'0853—dc21 2003000597 synthetic within the us of a eleven 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 10 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 The paper utilized in this booklet is either acid-free and absolutely chlorine-free (TCF). It meets the minimal standards of ANSI/NISO Z39. 48–1992 (R 1997) (Permanence of Paper). 1 In reminiscence of Bertram Levinson, my father Congress shall make no legislation respecting an institution of faith, or prohibiting the loose workout thereof; or abridging the liberty of speech, or of the click, or the fitting of the folks peaceably to collect, and to petition the govt. for a redress of grievances. the 1st modification to the USA structure CONTENTS Author’s observe Acknowledgments advent: A Democracy of Voices xi xiii 1 half one | THE POWERS THAT BE 25 1. I Pledge Allegiance: Rick Nuccio 29 2. an issue of judgment of right and wrong: Kwame Mensah fifty one three. past Mere Dissent: Margaret Randall seventy two four. l. a. Mordaza: Daisy Sánchez ninety three five. viewpoint: Susanna Styron half | FREELANCE VIGILANTES 6. That exact Shimmer: Annie Sprinkle one hundred fifteen 137 143 7. anything to Offend approximately each person: Jan Critchley, Hans Evers, Ifé Franklin, Maxine McDonald, Denise Marika, James Montford, Michael Willhoite one hundred sixty five 8. The Seduction of Absolutes: Skipp Porteous 192 nine. Insubordinate: Penny Culliton 217 10. Blame That music: Mike Diana, Paul Kim, Richard Taylor 240 half 3 | BALANCING ACTS 271 eleven. What Do You suggest I Can’t learn Playboy? Steve Johnson 275 12. the general public belief: David Kern 296 Epilogue: In different phrases 321 Notes 325 Bibliography 349 Index 353 AUTHOR’S notice so much of this e-book was once written earlier than September eleven, 2001, an afternoon while time appeared to cut up in . Then, as uncertainty got here to be the degree of our days, items of the tales offered the following saved pushing their means in to take me back to the fact that the stress among freedom and safeguard has constantly been a part of our nationwide existence. “People who think they're surrounded by means of enemies will settle for strict protective measures,” I had written. “Selfprotection is innate, tolerance an obtained flavor. ” yet I additionally wrote, “At a minimal, a society owes its participants safeguard. ” Early on, the vp insisted that we carry our ban on doing intelligence company with recognized abusers of human rights, a coverage that got here without delay from occasions within the first tale during this e-book. one other tale, which covers the hours after the Oklahoma urban bombing, signifies that naming our enemies isn't regularly easy.

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