Defending My Enemy

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IDEBATE Press is proud to reissue this classic work on civil liberties with a new preface by the author.

Are Nazis entitled to freedom of expression? In 1977, Frank Collin, leader of the National Socialist Party of America, sought to hold a Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois. Skokie had one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations outside New York City. In this Chicago suburb, over half the population was Jewish. The proposed march sparked a ...

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Overview

IDEBATE Press is proud to reissue this classic work on civil liberties with a new preface by the author.

Are Nazis entitled to freedom of expression? In 1977, Frank Collin, leader of the National Socialist Party of America, sought to hold a Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois. Skokie had one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations outside New York City. In this Chicago suburb, over half the population was Jewish. The proposed march sparked a host of legal actions: the Village of Skokie asked for an injunction to prevent the Nazis from marching, and new ordinances were adopted to do so; Collin applied to hold a march on a later date, but was denied; an ACLU lawsuit was brought in federal court, seeking to invalidate the new ordinances Skokie had put in place to prevent the march. In the end, Collin and the Nazis did not march in Skokie, but the Illinois Supreme Court ruled for free speech in 1978. The ACLU felt severe consequences, organizational and financial, of what was seen by many members as an insidious, pro-Fascist position. Writing from his perspective as national executive director of the ACLU, Aryeh Neier tells the story, and ponders the consequences, of Skokie and other cases in which "the enemies of freedom have claimed for themselves the rights that they would deny to others."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617700453
  • Publisher: International Debate Education Association
  • Publication date: 8/12/2012
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Aryeh Neier is president of the Open Society Foundations. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations in 1993, he was executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder. Before that, he worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, including national executive director from 1970 to 1978.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Prologue 5

1 Understanding Media 17

2 "Never Again" 30

3 A Symbolic Assault 46

4 "Freedom for the Thought We Hate" 63

5 "Poisonous Evenhandedness" 79

6 The Constant Battle 117

7 "They Have Rights?" 138

8 The Risks of Freedom 147

9 England: The Risks of Repression 163

10 Weimar Germany: Abandoning Moral Authority 175

Epilogue 185

Index 188

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