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When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?
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When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

Corey Brettschneider


How should a liberal democracy respond to hate groups and others that oppose the ideal of free and equal citizenship? The democratic state faces the hard choice of either protecting the rights of hate groups and allowing their views to spread, or banning their views and violating citizens' rights to freedoms of expression, association, and religion. Avoiding the familiar yet problematic responses to these issues, this book proposes a new approach called value democracy. The theory of value democracy argues that the state should protect the right to express illiberal beliefs, but the state shou ... More

Keywords: liberal democracy, equal citizenship, freedom, value democracy, race discrimination, gender discrimination, democratic persuasion, religious freedom, equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691147628
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey Brettschneider, author
Brown University