When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

by Corey Brettschneider
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691147620

ISBN-13: 9780691147628

Pub. Date: 07/22/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How should a liberal democracy respond to hate groups and others that oppose the ideal of free and equal citizenship? The democratic state faces the hard choice of either protecting the rights of hate groups and allowing their views to spread, or banning their views and violating citizens' rights to freedoms of expression, association, and religion. Avoiding the

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How should a liberal democracy respond to hate groups and others that oppose the ideal of free and equal citizenship? The democratic state faces the hard choice of either protecting the rights of hate groups and allowing their views to spread, or banning their views and violating citizens' rights to freedoms of expression, association, and religion. Avoiding the familiar yet problematic responses to these issues, political theorist Corey Brettschneider proposes a new approach called value democracy. The theory of value democracy argues that the state should protect the right to express illiberal beliefs, but the state should also engage in democratic persuasion when it speaks through its various expressive capacities: publicly criticizing, and giving reasons to reject, hate-based or other discriminatory viewpoints.

Distinguishing between two kinds of state action--expressive and coercive--Brettschneider contends that public criticism of viewpoints advocating discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual orientation should be pursued through the state's expressive capacities as speaker, educator, and spender. When the state uses its expressive capacities to promote the values of free and equal citizenship, it engages in democratic persuasion. By using democratic persuasion, the state can both respect rights and counter hateful or discriminatory viewpoints. Brettschneider extends this analysis from freedom of expression to the freedoms of religion and association, and he shows that value democracy can uphold the protection of these freedoms while promoting equality for all citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691147628
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/22/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction
Averting Two Dystopias
An Introduction to Value Democracy 1

Chapter One
The Principle of Public Relevance and Democratic Persuasion
Value Democracy's Two Guiding Ideas 24

Chapter Two
Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens 51

Chapter Three
When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?
Democratic Persuasion and the Freedom of Expression 71

Chapter Four
Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy 109

Chapter Five
Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights 142

Conclusion
Value Democracy at Home and Abroad 168

Notes 175
Bibliography 199
Index 207

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