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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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A Human Rights Constitution

(p.151) Afterword
Freeing Speech

John Denvir

NYU Press

This afterword summarizes the main arguments presented in this book and connects them to a larger constitutional vision. It proposes a Human Rights Constitution that expands First Amendment rights, which it argues are not enough to support the debate democracy demands. This constitution addresses national security concerns, sets a limit on presidential power, and envisions courts that support a wide array of human rights in order to create an informed citizenry. These human rights include personal and social rights, political and civil rights, and rights against corporations. The Human Rights Constitution also promotes self-government by giving every citizen an opportunity to participate in the national decision-making process both as speaker and as voter, and ensuring the self-fulfillment of each citizen as the government's primary goal.

Keywords:   national security, Human Rights Constitution, First Amendment, democracy, presidential power, human rights, social rights, civil rights, self-government

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