Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam. The book offers a concise guide to many of the vexing issues concerning our right to speak freely, including: Should a civilized society set limits on freedom of speech? How can we balance free speech with the sensitivities of religious and minority groups? How have digital technology and the Internet changed the debate?About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics.
Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - Oxford university Press USA. Yet it is rare to find someone prepared to defend all freedom of speech, especially if the views expressed are obnoxious or obviously false.
Democracy: A Very Short IntroductionOxford University Press - It argues that democracy is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for good government, and of human rights, and that ideas of the rule of law, should in some situations limit democratic claims. Nearly every regime today claims to be democratic, but not all "democracies" allow free politics, and free politics existed long before democratic franchises.
No political concept is more used, and misused, than that of democracy. This book is a short account of the history of the doctrine and practice of democracy, and Russian revolutions, French, from ancient Greece and Rome through the American, and of the usages and practices associated with it in the modern world.
Democracy: A Very Short Introduction - Oxford University Press.
Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First AmendmentBasic Books - From one of the most influential journalists of the last half century, an essential explanation and defense of a foundational American idea: free speechMore than any other people on earth, we Americans are free to say and write what we think. It is a story of hard choices, heroic judges, and the fascinating and eccentric defendants who forced the legal system to come face to face with one of America's great founding ideas.
Oxford University Press. This extraordinary freedom results not from America's culture of tolerance, but from fourteen words in the constitution: the free expression clauses of the First Amendment. In freedom for the thought that we hate, two-time pulitzer prize-winner Anthony Lewis describes how our free-speech rights were created in five distinct areas: political speech, libel, artistic expression, commercial speech, and unusual forms of expression such as T-shirts and campaign spending.
Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment - The press can air the secrets of government, the corporate boardroom, or the bedroom with little fear of punishment or penalty.
The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOxford University Press - A product of history's first modern revolution, the Constitution embraced a new formula for government: it restrained power on behalf of liberty, but it also granted power to promote and protect liberty. The U. S. It also has accommodated and legitimized the political and social changes of a vibrant, powerful democratic nation.
Constitution was ratified in 1788, its impact on our lives is as recent as today's news. As our nation's circumstances have changed, so has our Constitution. Today we face serious challenges to the nation's constitutional legacy. Constitution: a very short introduction explores the major themes that have shaped American constitutional history: federalism, representation, equality, property, the balance of powers, rights, and security.
The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - Informed by the latest scholarship, this book places constitutional history within the context of American political and social history. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Claims and counterclaims about the constitutionality of governmental actions are a habit of American politics. This document, which its framers designed to limit power, often has made political conflict inevitable. Though the U.
Citizenship: A Very Short IntroductionOxford University Press - Written by experts for the newcomer, from philosophy to Freud, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, quantum theory to Islam. Oxford University Press. Oxford university Press USA. Interest in citizenship has never been higher. Bellamy also examines the challenges confronting the very possibility of citizenship today, the desirability of "global citizenship, " the teaching of citizenship in schools, the impact of globalization, citizenship tests for immigrants, and the many different definitions and types of citizenship in modern society.
About the series: combining authority with wit, and style, accessibility, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Bringing together the most recent scholarship, rights, looks at concepts such as membership and belonging, and highlights the relation between citizenship, the book sheds light on how ideas of citizenship have changed through time from ancient Greece to the present, and democracy.
Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction - . Politicians of all stripes stress its importance, captains of industry and every kind of campaigning group--from those supporting global causes, as do church leaders, to others with a largely local focus, such as tackling world poverty, such as combating neighborhood crime. In this brilliant, compact introduction, richard Bellamy offers an eye-opening look at an idea that is as important as it is rare--the prospect of influencing government policy according to reasonably fair rules and on a more or less equal basis with others.
Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk DebatesHouse of Anansi Press - Oxford University Press. House of Anansi Press. What is seen as a breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. From the enlightenment onwards, and ideas, innovations, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, the human condition is improving.
But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms, and the spread of global norms empower individuals and societies around the world.
Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates - Oxford university Press USA. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality. In the seventeenth semi-annual munk debates, 2015, which was held in toronto on November 6, pioneering cognitive scientist Steven Pinker and best-selling author Matt Ridley squared off against noted philosopher Alain de Botton and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell to debate whether humankind’s best days lie ahead.
Ideology: A Very Short IntroductionOxford University Press - Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press USA. Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. It explores the changing understandings of ideology as a concept, and the arguments of the main ideologies. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking.
It investigates the centrality of ideology both as a political phenomenon and as an organizing framework of political thought and action. House of Anansi Press. Oxford University Press. By employing the latest insights from a range of disciplines, the reader is introduced to the vitality and force of a crucial resource at the disposal of societies, through which sense and purpose is assigned to the political world.
The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOxford University Press - After a swift survey of the creation of Congress by the constitutional convention, he begins to unscrew the nuts and pull out the bolts. Oxford university Press USA. He also explores how the grand concepts we all know from civics class--checks and balances, advise and consent, congressional oversight--work in practice in an age of strong presidents and a muscular Senate minority.
. House of Anansi Press. Oxford University Press. Congress, Donald A. Oxford university Press USA. In the second edition of The U. S. What is it like to campaign for congress? to attract large donors? To enter either house with no seniority? He answers these questions and more, floor proceedings, parliamentary rules, explaining committee assignments and committee work, the role of staffers and lobbyists, and coalition building.
The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - Oxford university Press USA. No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening book provides an insider's perspective on Congress, matched with a professional historian's analytical insight. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, explaining their behavior, pointing out the key players, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hill, and translating parliamentary language into plain English.
Ritchie explores the great effort put into constituent service-as representatives and senators respond to requests from groups and individuals-as well as media relations and news coverage.
American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOxford University Press - Drawing on updated data and new examples from the 2016 presidential nominations, L. Or perhaps it is because in the U. S. Participation in elections in the United States is much lower than in the vast majority of mature democracies. House of Anansi Press. Oxford university Press USA. He also illustrates the growing impact of campaigning through social media, the changes in campaign financing wrought by the Supreme Court recent decisions, and the Tea Party's influence on the sub-presidential nominating process.
Campaign contributions disproportionately favor incumbents in most legislative elections, or that largely unregulated groups such as the now notorious 527s have as much impact on the outcome of a campaign as do the parties or the candidates' campaign organizations. Perhaps this is because of the lack of competition in a country where only two parties have a true chance of winning, despite the fact that a large number of citizens claim allegiance to neither and think badly of both.
American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press, USA. Still fewer understand the role played by political parties in the electoral process or the ironies within the system. Few americans and even fewer citizens of other nations understand the electoral process in the United States. Oxford University Press.
The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to WatchPenguin Books - He sees it not just as a personal test, but also as an opportunity to answer questions that have intrigued him for years: Why do men fight? And why do so many seemingly decent people love to watch? In The Professor in the Cage, Gottschall’s unlikely journey from the college classroom to the fighting cage drives an important new investigation into the science and history of violence.
. An english professor starts training in mixed martial arts, exploring the science and history behind the violence of men When a mixed martial arts MMA gym opens across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge. Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press, USA.
The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch - Oxford university Press USA. The surging popularity of mma—a full-contact sport in which fighters punch, choke, and kick each other into submission—is just one example of our species’ insatiable interest both in violence and in the rituals that keep violence in check. Penguin Group USA. Oxford University Press.
House of Anansi Press. From duels to football to the roughhousing of children, humans are masters of what Gottschall calls the monkey dance: a dizzying variety of rule-bound contests that establish hierarchies while minimizing risk and social disorder. Pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, he works up his nerve and finds himself training for an all-out cage fight.