The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent

The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent

A hard-hitting expose that shines a light on the powerful conservative forces that have waged a multi-decade battle to hijack the meaning of free speech--and how we can reclaim it.
There's a critical debate taking place over one of our most treasured rights: free speech. We argue about whether it's at risk, whether college students fear it, whether neo-Nazis deserve it, and whether the government is adequately upholding it.

But as P. E. Moskowitz provocatively shows in The Case Against Free Speech, the term has been defined and redefined to suit those in power, and in recent years, it has been captured by the Right to push their agenda. What's more, our investment in the First Amendment obscures an uncomfortable truth: free speech is impossible in an unequal society where a few corporations and the ultra-wealthy bankroll political movements, millions of voters are disenfranchised, and our government routinely silences critics of racism and capitalism.

Weaving together history and reporting from Charlottesville, Skokie, Standing Rock, and the college campuses where student protests made national headlines, Moskowitz argues that these flash points reveal more about the state of our democracy than they do about who is allowed to say what.

Our current definition of free speech replicates power while dissuading dissent, but a new ideal is emerging. In this forcefully argued, necessary corrective, Moskowitz makes the case for speech as a tool--for exposing the truth, demanding equality, and fighting for all our civil liberties.

Title:The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781568588643
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  • Allie

    Would recommend this book as a gift for white liberal baby boomers and library and information science students and professors. This book is absolutely a breath of fresh air if you are sick of conserv...

  • Ietrio

    Free Speech is when a gang pre-aproved by Moskowitz controls what you can say or think. Anything not deemed Halal by him, is obviously "not free speech"....

  • Daniel

    Moskowitz is a communist and anarchist. This book states that Free Speech is tool of the state. According to Moskowitz, free speech is meaningless if billionaires can buy advertisements and support pr...

  • Jake

    First of all, the title is meant to be provocative, basically to get people to read the book. It worked for me. It's not so much against free speech as against the current conception of what free spee...

  • Shawn

    Definitely not my usual topic of interest but given our climate today felt that I needed to broaden my scope a bit. Wow is about all I can say. I mean I knew some of this stuff but the depths of how f...

  • Avery

    A superb, humanizing book for anyone who wants to understand college campuses in the Trump era. It's easy to be cynical about the situation on college campuses, and to question the intent of students,...

  • Justin

    ***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***The Case Against Free Speech by PE Moskoswitz provides a view of free speech that will challenge people of all political stances. He...

  • Tyler Johnson

    The usual left wing dribble. Don't waste your time. Just ask yourself what your average left wing communist would say about first amendment rights. ...

  • Jessica

    An eye-opening dissection of what "free speech" really means in contemporary America. The book argues that the first amendment has been reduced to a conservative talking point, allowing those already ...

  • Haidong Song

    To paraphrase the last sentence: "I believe it is totally meaningless". Things 'learned' from this book: - A really really condensed version of internet's history: 'internet was invented by gov to fig...