Today's American: How Free?

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Arch Puddington, Thomas O. Melia, Jason Kelly
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Law - 289 pages
TodayOs American: How Free? assesses the state of American freedom in the post-9/11 period. Conducted by Freedom House, the study looks at a broad range of rights and liberties, including the electoral process, freedom of the press, counterterrorism policies, corruption, freedom of belief, academic freedom, race relations, immigration, property rights, and equality of opportunity. The study places current problems in their historical context and compares American performance with the state of freedom in Europe. It applies the same rigorous analytical criteria to American freedom as Freedom House applies to other countries in the world in its roster of democracy surveys. The study concludes that the problems that the United States faced prior to 9/11_including racial inequality, problems with the criminal justice system, and weaknesses in the electoral system_present a greater challenge to freedom over the long term than do the civil liberties problems that have emerged with the war on terrorism.

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How Free?
The Civil Liberties Implications of Counterterrorism Policies
Criminal Justice and Property Rights
Despite Challenges a Source of Strength
Americas Achilles Heel
Still Free and Independent
Still a Beacon
Withstanding Pressures From Left and Right
Equality of Opportunity in an Age of Globalization
Needs Repair
Money and Politics
Author Biographies
Reviewer Biographies

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Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House. He previously worked as research director for the A. Philip Randolph Institute, as executive director for the League for Industrial Democracy, and as a bureau manager for Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. Thomas O. Melia is the deputy executive director of Freedom House and teaches at Georgetown University. Jason Kelly is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.

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