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By Steven H. Shiffrin

what's wrong with the 1st modification? argues that the USA love affair with the 1st modification has mutated into loose speech idolatry. unfastened speech has been put on so excessive a pedestal that it really is nearly instantly privileged over privateness, reasonable trials, equality and public well-being, even holding depictions of animal cruelty and violent games bought to little ones. while, dissent is unduly stifled and spiritual minorities are careworn. the 1st modification advantages the strong on the fee of the susceptible. in contrast, different Western democracies supply extra moderate lodgings among unfastened speech and different values even though their protections of dissent, and non secular minorities also are insufficient. Professor Steven H. Shiffrin argues that US loose speech extremism isn't the manufactured from wide cultural components, yet particularly political ideologies constructed after the Nineteen Fifties. He exhibits that conservatives and liberals have arrived at related conclusions for various political reasons.

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