Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Political Science - 236 pages
Political speech in the United States is undergoing a crisis. Glendon's acclaimed book traces the evolution of the strident language of rights in America and shows how it has captured the nation's devotion to individualism and liberty, but omitted the American traditions of hospitality and care for the community.

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RIGHTS TALK: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse

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Here, Harvard Law School professor Glendon argues eloquently and persuasively that modern American political discourse, by emphasizing an ever-expanding catalogue of rights to the exclusion of duties ... Read full review

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This book is well written, thoughtful and comprehensive. But as a former student of Mary Ann Glendon several years ago at Boston College Law School, I recall with a shiver the arrogance and snideness of this woman in her first-year property class. If she had a personal problem with you, she treated you like dirt. I just can't help but ask people not to line her egotistical, self-important pockets by purchasing this book. 

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About the author (2008)

Mary Ann Glendon was born on October 7, 1938, in Pittsfield, Mass. and graduated from the University of Chicago with both J.D. and Master of Comparative Law degrees. She has worked as a criminal defender, a civil rights attorney, and is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. Glendon writes frequently on scholarly matters of the law. In Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse, she presents examples of the talk behind laws and rights of citizens, and the actual actions. Hot topics such as flag burning, Indian lands, homosexual acts, and social welfare are covered in-depth in this book, and the difference of opinions versus deeds concerning these topics are discussed as representing a distortion of our true culture and values.

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