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Freeing SpeechThe Constitutional War over National Security$
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John Denvir

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720141

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720141.001.0001

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(p.105) 5 Free Speech Activists

(p.105) 5 Free Speech Activists

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(p.105) 5 Free Speech Activists
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Freeing Speech
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John Denvir

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720141.003.0006

This chapter examines the role that free speech activists play in the democratic debate. It considers how these free speech activists nurture ideas that are later adopted by major political parties and instilled as national policy. It argues that the First Amendment must not only protect the autonomy of these activist groups from government harassment but also ensure that they are given full access to the public forum to make their case to the American people. In particular, it contends that these activists must be given the right of peaceful protest. The chapter cites the civil rights movement as an example of the way free speech activists play a catalytic role in the process of political change and concludes by discussing the First Amendment dimensions of national security investigations as they relate to the rights of political activists.

Keywords:   free speech, democratic debate, free speech activists, First Amendment, peaceful protest, civil rights movement, national security investigations, political activists

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