Liberty for All: Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality

Liberty for All: Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality

by Elizabeth Price Foley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109830

ISBN-13: 9780300109832

Pub. Date: 11/15/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press


In the opening chapter of this book, Elizabeth Price Foley writes, “The slow, steady, and silent subversion of the Constitution has been a revolution that Americans appear to have slept through, unaware that the blessings of liberty bestowed upon them by the founding generation were being eroded.” She proceeds to explain how, by abandoning the founding…  See more details below

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In the opening chapter of this book, Elizabeth Price Foley writes, “The slow, steady, and silent subversion of the Constitution has been a revolution that Americans appear to have slept through, unaware that the blessings of liberty bestowed upon them by the founding generation were being eroded.” She proceeds to explain how, by abandoning the founding principles of limited government and individual liberty, we have become entangled in a labyrinth of laws that regulate virtually every aspect of behavior and limit what we can say, read, see, consume, and do. Foley contends that the United States has become a nation of too many laws where citizens retain precious few pockets of individual liberty.

With a close analysis of urgent constitutional questions—abortion, physician-assisted suicide, medical marijuana, gay marriage, cloning, and U.S. drug policy—Foley shows how current constitutional interpretation has gone astray. Without the bias of any particular political agenda, she argues convincingly that we need to return to original conceptions of the Constitution and restore personal freedoms that have gradually diminished over time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109832
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,....................ix
Acknowledgments,....................xv
1 Introduction: A Nation of Laws, Not Men,....................1
2 The Morality of American Law,....................8
3 Being Sovereign: The Harm Principle,....................41
4 Marriage,....................65
5 Sex,....................102
6 Reproduction,....................131
7 Medical Care,....................151
8 Food, Drugs, and Alcohol,....................178
Notes,....................199
Index,....................281

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