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The Freedom to Be Racist?How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism$
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Erik Bleich

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739684.001.0001

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Balancing Public Values—The Big Picture

Balancing Public Values—The Big Picture

(p.3) 1 Balancing Public Values—The Big Picture
The Freedom to Be Racist?

Erik Bleich (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

How do liberal democracies balance upholding freedom and combating racism when those two values are incompatible? This chapter suggests that all countries must balance these values. It also outlines the structure of the book, emphasizing the benefits from examining multiple domains of freedom—of speech, association, and opinion-as-motive—and from looking at a wide range of liberal democracies over a long sweep of time. By expanding the discussion in these key ways, this book allows readers to look beyond the narrower discussions about one country or one type of freedom that tend to dominate existing scholarship.

Keywords:   freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of opinion, racism, values, balancing

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