Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era

Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era


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While freedom of speech has been guaranteed us for centuries, the First Amendment as we know it today is largely a creation of the past eighty years. Eternally Vigilant brings together a group of distinguished legal scholars to reflect boldly on its past, its present shape, and what forms our understanding of it might take in the future. The result is a unique volume spanning the entire spectrum of First Amendment issues, from its philosophical underpinnings to specific issues like campaign regulation, obscenity, and the new media.


Constitutional Law | First Amendment | Law




University of Chicago Press


Chicago, IL


“With group efforts, such as this collection of essays, it is almost inevitable that there will be a couple — and often several — duds among the bunch, or at least a dismaying repetition of ideas. Such is not the case here.... Whether one agrees with a given author or not (and it is possible to do both with any of the essays), each has something to add. Overall, Eternally Vigilant is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book, consistently intelligent and, at times, brilliant.”
Richard J. Mollot, New York Law Journal

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