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Freedom of Speech: Right or Privilege?

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By J.R. Pole. Published 1998. ISBN 9780718714987

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The more freedom of speech acquired the status of a right, the more the concept of privilege seemed to depend on the gift of superior power. Privilege thus comes to be a status defined from above. But those who contest for privilege always claim it as a right. The discussion is split into three main themes: arguments for freedom of speech from Truth, from Democracy and from Self-expression. Each theme is examined from an historical perspective and carried forward into future periods.