Thursday, May 8, 2014

Speaking Freely: The Case Against Speech Codes

All the talk recently about government and private attacks on free speech reminded me that about twenty years ago I edited a collection of essays (and wrote the introduction) for a book entitled Speaking Freely: The Case Against Speech Codes. It was published by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (now called the David Horowitz Freedom Center), and is now out-of-print.

Yesterday, I looked at my copy and was chagrined to see that in the last twenty years the anti-speech crowd has gained strength, and that Speaking Freely is at least as relevant today as it was in 1994.

I checked with Amazon. There are 27 used copies, selling for 1-cent each, plus a few dollars for shipping and handling.

I urge anyone with an interest in this subject to buy a copy before they're all gone.

Here is the Table of Contents.

Introduction.
1. The nature of the problem, and proposed solutions.
2. The rationales for regulation.
3. The rationales of free speech.
4. The uniqueness of the university.
5. The constitutional answer.
6. The Supreme Court on hate speech.
7. The theory of truly free speech.
8. The enhancement of criminal penalties because of "hateful" motivation.
9. The end of the road.