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Weinstein book reviewed by 'Weekly Standard'


May 04, 2010

Extreme Speech and Democracy, a book that Professor James Weinstein of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law edited with British barrister Ivan Hare, recently was reviewed in The Weekly Standard.

Reviewer Elizabeth Powers, who is editing a collection of essays on the intellectual origins of freedom of speech in the 18th century, writes, "Extreme Speech and Democracy powerfully documents the differing assumptions of government in the United States and the rest of the world in regard to the issue of speech. Even the title of this book telegraphs the enduring problem that elites, the class that formulates government policy, have with the 'people'."

Powers further notes that Weinstein's contributions to the book and several other chapters document impressive attempts by Western judiciaries to balance competing social goods.

With a foreword by Ronald Dworkin, and contributions from John Finnis, Robert Post, C. Edwin Baker, Dieter Grimm, and Eric Barendt, among many other prominent authorities, the book considers the legal responses of various liberal democracies toward extreme expression such as incitement to terrorism, homophobic speech, Holocaust denial, veiling controversies and the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. The volume, published by Oxford University Press in 2009, contains contributions from experts in a wide range of disciplines, including law, philosophy, history, psychology and literature.

To read the review, click here.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law