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

ISBN-10: 0691147620
ISBN-13: 9780691147628
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/22/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction Averting Two Dystopias: An Introduction to Value Democracy
The Principle of Public Relevance and Democratic Persuasion: Value Democracy's Two Guiding Ideas
Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens
When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: Democratic Persuasion and the Freedom of Expression
Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy
Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights
Conclusion Value Democracy at Home and Abroad
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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