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First Amendment. Are you an absolutist or a relativist?. Nat Hentoff: Absolutist. Northeastern graduate. Nat Hentoff: Absolutist. Northeastern graduate Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane and Bob Dylan albums. Nat Hentoff: Absolutist. Northeastern graduate

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first amendment

First Amendment

Are you an absolutistor a relativist?

nat hentoff absolutist
Nat Hentoff: Absolutist
  • Northeastern graduate
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Nat Hentoff: Absolutist
  • Northeastern graduate
  • Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane andBob Dylan albums
nat hentoff absolutist2
Nat Hentoff: Absolutist
  • Northeastern graduate
  • Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane andBob Dylan albums
  • First Amendment views formed by getting kicked off the Northeastern News
robert bork relativist
Robert Bork: Relativist
  • Served Richard Nixon
robert bork relativist1
Robert Bork: Relativist
  • Served Richard Nixon
  • Failed Supreme Court nominee
robert bork relativist2
Robert Bork: Relativist
  • Served Richard Nixon
  • Failed Supreme Court nominee
  • Blames liberal judges for protecting “vulgarity and obscenity”
understanding make no law
Understanding“make no law”
  • Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment
understanding make no law1
Understanding“make no law”
  • Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment
  • Bork: The First Amendment was meant to protect political speech, not indecency and violence
understanding make no law2
Understanding“make no law”
  • Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment
  • Bork: The First Amendment was meant to protect political speech, not indecency and violence
hentoff on obscenity
Hentoff on obscenity
  • Founders were unconcerned
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Hentoff on obscenity
  • Founders were unconcerned
  • Supreme Court didn’t mention until 1957
hentoff on obscenity2
Hentoff on obscenity
  • Founders were unconcerned
  • Supreme Court didn’t mention until 1957
  • Brennan (right), in Roth, introduced social value
lenny bruce
Lenny Bruce
  • A satirist with a dirty mouth
lenny bruce1
Lenny Bruce
  • A satirist with a dirty mouth
  • How do you define social value?
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Lenny Bruce
  • A satirist with a dirty mouth
  • How do you define social value?
  • Won on appeal,but it was too late
bork on obscenity
Bork on obscenity
  • Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails
bork on obscenity1
Bork on obscenity
  • Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails
  • Driven by aesthetic as well as legal judgments
bork on obscenity2
Bork on obscenity
  • Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails
  • Driven by aesthetic as well as legal judgments
  • Hentoff may be wrong — Chaplinsky,Near v. Minnesota
hentoff versus bork
Hentoff versus Bork
  • Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship
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Hentoff versus Bork
  • Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship
  • A loophole for censors versus a loophole for pornographers
hentoff versus bork2
Hentoff versus Bork
  • Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship
  • A loophole for censors versus a loophole for pornographers
  • Minority rights versus majority rule