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The Adversary First AmendmentFree Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy$
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Martin H. Redish

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772150

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772150.001.0001

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Adversary Democracy and American Political Theory

Adversary Democracy and American Political Theory

(p.6) CHAPTER TWO Adversary Democracy and American Political Theory
The Adversary First Amendment

Martin H. Redish

Stanford University Press

This chapter explains the centrality of controlled and ordered conflict to American democracy, as both normative and descriptive matters. It explores the fallacies in the various versions of the "common good," pointing out how pursuit of personal values and interests has controlled the American political process.

Keywords:   free speech, free expression, Jane Mansbridge, adversary democracy, democratic theory, heterogeneous society, tyranny of the majority, self-government, public and private deliberation

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