Free for All: Defending Liberty in America Today

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Beacon Press, 2002 - Law - 235 pages
A lawyer, social critic, and columnist at The American Prospect, Wendy Kaminer has said that she likes to think words have power but knows they don't cast spells. She argues with her readers and expects them to argue back. Her taste for liberty, her legal training, wit, and innate contrarianism help her elude the usual political labels and inform her writings on censorship, feminism, pop psychology, religion, criminal justice, and a range of rights and liberties at issue in the culture wars.In this new collection, Kaminer has her sights set on the fate civil liberties in America. Opening with a powerful overview of liberty's tenuous hold on this "land of the free," Kaminer offers incisive, original investigations of political freedom in our frightened, post-September 11 world and reviews perennial threats to sexual and religious liberty, free speech, privacy, and the right to be free from unwarranted, unprincipled prosecutions. She writes with a sense of the past, an understanding of the present, and concern about the future of American freedom.Lindsay Nelson has written a Discussion Guide to Free For All for Unitarian Universalist Communities.Wendy Kaminer is the author of many books, including I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-help Fashions; A Fearful Freedom: Women's Flight from Equality; It's All the Rage: Crime and Culture; True Love Waits; and most recently Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and the Perils of Piety. Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Newsweek, and her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio.
 

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An excellent reminder of the importance of the Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment, and of how vulnerable it is to dangers stemming from majoritarianism, populism, ignorance, and racism.

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Contents

HOMELAND OFFENSE POST911
1
Patriotic Dissent
3
Safety and Freedom
7
Fear Itself
10
An Imperial Presidency
13
Ignorant Bliss
17
NO PLACE TO HIDE
21
Someone to Watch over Me
23
Victims vs Suspects
119
Pictures at an Execution
123
Secrets and Lies
126
WOMENS RIGHTS
129
Equal Rights Postponement
131
Reproductive Emergency
134
Abortion and Autonomy
138
Womans Wrongs
143

Public Lives
31
CAN WE TALK?
35
Toxic Media
37
Toxic Media vs Toxic Censorship
41
Screen Saviors
49
Courting Unsafe Speech
53
Virtual Offensiveness
57
Grand Old Rag
60
Freedoms Edge
64
The Root of All Speech
67
The War on High Heels
72
Dont Speak Its Name
77
Virtual Rape
81
WHOSE GOD IS IT ANYWAY?
91
The Joy of Sects
93
FaithBased Favortism
97
Good News
101
American Gothic
104
Sectual Discrimination
107
The AGs is Their Shepherd
110
CRIMINALLY UNJUST
113
Ordinary Abuses
115
Feminists Puritans and Statists
145
Feminists Racketeers and the First Amendment
148
Sexual Congress
154
Sex and Sensibility
159
Reproductive Entitlement
164
Fathers in Court
168
ANTIINDIVIDUALISMLEFT
171
American Heritage
173
Politics of Identity
177
Gun Shy
180
Guilt of Association
183
ANTIINDIVIDUALISMRIGHT
187
When Congress Plays Doctor
189
Law and Marriage
194
Gay Rites
198
Bad Vibes in Alabama
202
HOMELAND OFFENSE PRE911
205
Authors Notes
206
Taking Liberties
207
Games Prosecutors Play
225
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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Wendy Kaminer is the author of many books, including I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-help Fashions and Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and the Perils of Piety. Her articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Newsweek, and her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio.

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