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Civil Rights and Discrimination

Civil liberties

1984

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Group Libel Versus Free Speech: When Big Brother Should Butt In, Kenneth Lasson Oct 1984

Group Libel Versus Free Speech: When Big Brother Should Butt In, Kenneth Lasson

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The year 1984 may not have fulfilled Orwellian prophecies of governmental totalitarianism, but citizens of the world remain no less concerned about the quality of their civil liberties. If people could live peacefully and productively together under a strict caste system, or blissfully in enslavement, there would be little impetus to identify 'natural rights' nor insistence upon what we know as 'freedom.' But human experience has amply demonstrated the universal yearning for personal liberty, as well as the need to legislate against its deprivation.

Thus Big Brother has been the enemy from long before the Magna Carta and long since ...