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America values dissent. It tolerates, encourages, and protects it. But what is this thing we value? That is a question never asked. “Dissent” is treated as a known fact. For all that has been said about dissent – in books, articles, judicial opinions, and popular culture – it is remarkable that no one has devoted much, if any, ink to explaining what dissent is. No one has attempted to sketch its philosophical, linguistic, legal, or cultural meanings or usages. There is a need to develop some clarity about this phenomenon we call dissent, for not every difference of opinion, symbolic gesture, public activity in opposition to government policy, incitement to direct action, revolutionary effort, or political assassination need be tagged dissent. In essence, we have no conceptual yardstick. It is just that measure of meaning that On Dissent offers.Read more
- No other book examines the meaning of the concept of dissent - what it is and what it is not, which are the key characteristics of dissent and which are not
- Explains the difference between the concept of dissent and the forms of dissent that are constitutionally protected
- Features the insightful and provocative commentary of twenty-three distinguished persons whom the authors interviewed
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"In the age of Occupy gatherings and tea party town hall protests, the question of dissent and its definition—and ultimate purpose—becomes more urgent, and the timing of On Dissent couldn't be better in that sense."-Susan Gardner, Daily KosSee more reviews
"This is a fine book. It is not hard reading; it is tough thinking. It should be required reading for school board members and other public officials and for everyone who wants to continue to learn." -Tom Phillips, Washington Independent Review of Books
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- Date Published: July 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107502680
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 178 x 127 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.18kg
Table of Contents
1. From judicial dissent to peaceful protest
2. From civil to uncivil disobedience
3. The vagaries of violence
4. Dissent, inc.
5. Dissent and law's parameters.
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