So whether or not Obama is a civil libertarian
by instinct--I'd say he is a politician by instinct--is basically irrelevant.
Dershowitz is obviously sympathetic to the concept of rights, but he questions the reasoning of even the great civil libertarians
The passing of the great civil libertarian
and legal scholar Thomas Emerson, in this season when the issues that he championed are much discussed, recalls a little history.
Then he asked his guest, Larry Walters, an attorney and civil libertarian
, "Why shouldn't we have reasonable suspicion rather than probable cause," like the British do?
Are you a civil libertarian
or against the Iraq war?
Reviewing Attorney General John Ashcroft's guidelines for terrorism investigations, civil libertarian
Nat Hentoff warns that they "could be part of the new Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report, which envisions the nabbing of 'pre-criminals.
The prevailing academic view was neatly expressed by another prominent civil libertarian
, Ronald Dworkin, who dismissed the idea that the public might understand rights such as free speech as a "bizarre proposition.
Q: Do you find yourself a feminist among civil libertarians
and a civil libertarian
The sheer audacity of the belief that anything the majority wants in a democracy is okay; the presumption to rights of power and control embodied in the idea that the majority can repeal and infringe upon the rights of minorities; the assumption of absolute moral infallibility--it's more than any civil libertarian
or First Amendment advocate should be required to endure.
Oddly enough, this liberal/libertine feminist philosophy of free choice has more in common with the laissez-faire, free-market economics of the Bush and Reagan administrations than any civil libertarian
or sexual liberal would care to admit.
More frantic were the erstwhile civil libertarian
Alan Dershowitz, who suggested that judges should issue "torture warrants" when suspected terrorists are captured, and columnist Andrew Sullivan, who infamously commented that "the decadent left in its enclaves on the coasts.
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