The Price of Rights: The Courts, Government Largesse, and Fundamental Liberties

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Business & Economics - 216 pages
To paraphrase the Book of Job, 'the state giveth and the state taketh away'. American government gives its citizens benefits such as Social Security, college scholarships, tax breaks, and licenses. But what do the courts do when it 'taketh away' these boons from individuals who criticize it bitterly or refuse to work on their holy day? The Price of Rights addresses the problem of how the judiciary reacts when a generous polity denies its bounty to people exercising their fundamental rights - an issue frequently ignored in college and law school civil liberties classes. Thus this book will be a valuable supplement for students taking such courses and should interest anyone desirous of safeguarding our Bill of Rights.
 

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Contents

Government Benefits and the Liberty of the Electronic Media
49
Governmental Subsidy of Offensive Speech
73
Government Largesse Impacting the Right to PrivacyAbortion
101
Government Largesse Impacting Freedom of Religion
123
Government Largesse and Miscellaneous Free Speech Problems
151
Conclusion
169
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About the author (2004)

The Author: Daniel C. Kramer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He has written five previous books and many articles in the areas of public policy and American and comparative constitutional law.

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