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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Sheila

    Eye opening book on how free speech is determined by those with money and power. Those who are morally and ethically correct have no free speech. They are silenced in their speech and protests. Being ...

  • 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"....

  • 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...

  • Nathaniel Dakin

    When one looks at the title of a book one hopes that the title will provide a clue as to the subject of said book. Judging by the title, this book should be a treatise by a lefty, pinko commie who wan...

  • 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 ...

  • Fred

    This wasn't a great book by any means in my opinion, but it was interesting and had moments when it rang true. I probably land center left on the political spectrum and so sometimes I felt like the wr...

  • Georgia

    phenomenal read that's well written and well structured. as you may be able to guess, this is not actually an anti-free speech book, moskowitz is more interested in lifting the veil on it. "free speec...