The Emerging Police State: Resisting Illegitimate Authority

Overview

The defiance, anger, passion and optimism of America’s "most celebrated and most detested" radical lawyer, William Kunstler, ring throughout this selection of his unpublished speeches. The consequence of Kunstler’s outspoken opposition to war, racism and political repression was an extensive FBI file, which included secretly recorded transcripts of many of his public speeches, some of which are published here.

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Overview

The defiance, anger, passion and optimism of America’s "most celebrated and most detested" radical lawyer, William Kunstler, ring throughout this selection of his unpublished speeches. The consequence of Kunstler’s outspoken opposition to war, racism and political repression was an extensive FBI file, which included secretly recorded transcripts of many of his public speeches, some of which are published here.

The introduction by Michael Ratner, President of the New York Center for Constitutional Rights and attorney for the Camp X-Ray prisoners from Afghanistan, points out Kunstler’s words are even more prescient today than in his time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781876175795
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kunstler was the most famous radical lawyer of his time, representing among many, the Chicago Seven, the Attica prisoners, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. He died in 1995.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the obligation to resist illegitimate authority 1
William Moses Kunstler (1919-95) 7
1 Public ethics and the Bill of Rights 15
2 The origins of the U.S. Constitution 29
3 What is law? 38
4 The outer limits of advocacy 44
5 On violence 48
6 FBI-transcribed speech at Western Kentucky University 50
7 FBI-transcribed speech in Bowling Green, Kentucky 60
8 Summation for the defence in the Chicago Seven trial 63
9 FBI-transcribed speech in Jacksonville, Florida 75
10 FBI-transcribed speech in San Jose, California 79
11 Defending flag burning as symbolic speech 85
12 Concerning free speech for racists and totalitarians 90
13 Commemorating the 1970 murder of four students 94
14 Devoting yourself to others 110
15 The movement is not dead 114
Afterword : Bill Kunstler, and appreciation 116
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