First Amendment<br />Are you an absolutistor a relativist?<br />
Nat Hentoff: Absolutist<br />Northeastern graduate<br />
Nat Hentoff: Absolutist<br />Northeastern graduate<br />Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane andBob Dylan albums<br />
Nat Hentoff: Absolutist<br />Northeastern graduate<br />Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane andBob Dylan albums<br />First...
Robert Bork: Relativist<br />Served Richard Nixon<br />
Robert Bork: Relativist<br />Served Richard Nixon<br />Failed Supreme Court nominee<br />
Robert Bork: Relativist<br />Served Richard Nixon<br />Failed Supreme Court nominee<br />Blames liberal judges for protect...
Understanding“make no law”<br />Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment<br />
Understanding“make no law”<br />Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment<br />Bork...
Understanding“make no law”<br />Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment<br />Bork...
Hentoff on obscenity<br />Founders were unconcerned<br />
Hentoff on obscenity<br />Founders were unconcerned<br />Supreme Court didn’t mention until 1957<br />
Hentoff on obscenity<br />Founders were unconcerned<br />Supreme Court didn’t mention until 1957<br />Brennan (right), in ...
Lenny Bruce<br />A satirist with a dirty mouth<br />
Lenny Bruce<br />A satirist with a dirty mouth<br />How do you define social value?<br />
Lenny Bruce<br />A satirist with a dirty mouth<br />How do you define social value?<br />Won on appeal,but it was too late...
Bork on obscenity<br />Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails<br />
Bork on obscenity<br />Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails<br />Driven by aesthetic as well as legal judgments<br />
Bork on obscenity<br />Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails<br />Driven by aesthetic as well as legal judgments<br />Hen...
Hentoff versus Bork<br />Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship<br />
Hentoff versus Bork<br />Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship<br />A loophole for censors versus a lo...
Hentoff versus Bork<br />Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship<br />A loophole for censors versus a lo...
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The First Amendment: Are You a Relativist or an Absolutist?

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A consideration of the absolutist and relativist views of the First Amendment as seen through the careers of Nat Hentoff and Robert Bork.

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The First Amendment: Are You a Relativist or an Absolutist?

  1. 1. First Amendment<br />Are you an absolutistor a relativist?<br />
  2. 2. Nat Hentoff: Absolutist<br />Northeastern graduate<br />
  3. 3. Nat Hentoff: Absolutist<br />Northeastern graduate<br />Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane andBob Dylan albums<br />
  4. 4. Nat Hentoff: Absolutist<br />Northeastern graduate<br />Wrote liner notes for John Coltrane andBob Dylan albums<br />First Amendment views formed by getting kicked off the Northeastern News<br />
  5. 5. Robert Bork: Relativist<br />Served Richard Nixon<br />
  6. 6. Robert Bork: Relativist<br />Served Richard Nixon<br />Failed Supreme Court nominee<br />
  7. 7. Robert Bork: Relativist<br />Served Richard Nixon<br />Failed Supreme Court nominee<br />Blames liberal judges for protecting “vulgarity and obscenity”<br />
  8. 8. Understanding“make no law”<br />Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment<br />
  9. 9. Understanding“make no law”<br />Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment<br />Bork: The First Amendment was meant to protect political speech, not indecency and violence<br />
  10. 10. Understanding“make no law”<br />Hentoff: Any restriction on speech, even libel law, violates the First Amendment<br />Bork: The First Amendment was meant to protect political speech, not indecency and violence<br />
  11. 11. Hentoff on obscenity<br />Founders were unconcerned<br />
  12. 12. Hentoff on obscenity<br />Founders were unconcerned<br />Supreme Court didn’t mention until 1957<br />
  13. 13. Hentoff on obscenity<br />Founders were unconcerned<br />Supreme Court didn’t mention until 1957<br />Brennan (right), in Roth, introduced social value<br />
  14. 14. Lenny Bruce<br />A satirist with a dirty mouth<br />
  15. 15. Lenny Bruce<br />A satirist with a dirty mouth<br />How do you define social value?<br />
  16. 16. Lenny Bruce<br />A satirist with a dirty mouth<br />How do you define social value?<br />Won on appeal,but it was too late<br />
  17. 17. Bork on obscenity<br />Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails<br />
  18. 18. Bork on obscenity<br />Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails<br />Driven by aesthetic as well as legal judgments<br />
  19. 19. Bork on obscenity<br />Criticizes Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails<br />Driven by aesthetic as well as legal judgments<br />Hentoff may be wrong — Chaplinsky,Near v. Minnesota<br />
  20. 20. Hentoff versus Bork<br />Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship<br />
  21. 21. Hentoff versus Bork<br />Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship<br />A loophole for censors versus a loophole for pornographers<br />
  22. 22. Hentoff versus Bork<br />Protection of political ideas versus threat of censorship<br />A loophole for censors versus a loophole for pornographers<br />Minority rights versus majority rule<br />

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