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The Eclectic Model Of Censorship, Kenji Yoshino Jan 2000

The Eclectic Model Of Censorship, Kenji Yoshino

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Censorship used to be a very dull subject. Aligned along
predictable and venerable divisions separating liberals from
conservatives, oriented toward ancient and well-rehearsed
chestnuts such as obscenity and national security, the topic
promised little of analytic interest.
In recent years, however, the landscape of censorship has
altered dramatically. Now feminists in Indianapolis join with
fundamentalist Christians to seek the regulation of pornography.
Critical race theorists join with Jesse Helms to regulate hate
speech. Advocates of abortion rights seek to restrict political
demonstrations while conservative pro-life groups defend the
freedom to picket (p. 1).