Under the Shadow of Weimar: Democracy, Law, and Racial Incitement in Six Countries

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Louis I. Greenspan, Cyril Levitt
Praeger, Jan 1, 1993 - Law - 235 pages
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Written by authorities on the legal systems of France, Britain, Germany, the United States, Israel, and Canada, this book explores the growing confrontation between democracy and racist incitement. The authors consider existing and prospective laws as they trace the efforts to enact and enforce laws that can curb racism in the early stages of its growth without violating democratic freedoms.

Throughout the book, the authors discuss their own legal and political cultures and how the subject countries are affected by historical encounters with racism. Both France and Britain have strong racist political forces and existing laws to combat them. Special attention is given to Le Pen, whose electoral support has been estimated nationally at more than twenty percent, and to the effect Britain's new legislation has had on the country's racist movement. The United States represents a case where strong constitutional guarantees against impingement upon freedom of expression have prevented the passage or juridical validation of laws restricting racist incitement. Israel finds itself struggling to define a legal remedy that can be used against racist incitement by the Kahane movement. Canada, now seeking a legal climate that will foster multiculturalism, strives to define laws against incitement that will be consistent with its newly established Charter of Freedom. And Germany, as it faces the enormous problems resulting from unification, is forced to reflect upon its own past and the challenges that an active racist movement poses for the country's future. Recommended for sociologists, political scientists, and criminal law specialists.

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Incitement to Racial Hatred in England
The Prevention of Racial Incitement in Israel

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Louis Greenspan is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University.

Cyril Levitt was the chair of the Committee on Prejudice (Including Anti-Semitism) of the International Psychoanalytical Association, 2009-2013. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University, Canada, and is also a psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto.

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