So whether or not Obama is a civil libertarian
by instinct--I'd say he is a politician by instinct--is basically irrelevant.
If there is one weakness that civil libertarians
and human rights activists share, it is the propensity to see the world through a very narrow lens.
Written in 1999, they were updated only slightly and left in the present tense to "convey the sense of urgency that civil libertarians
felt before September 11." The America they portray is a dreary place as far as fairness goes, and Kaminer makes it clear that conditions have only gotten worse.
I suspect most feminists and civil libertarians
will find Strossen's position convincing.
Dershowitz is obviously sympathetic to the concept of rights, but he questions the reasoning of even the great civil libertarians
. Thomas Jefferson wrote that it is "self evident" that humans are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." But how "unalienable" are these rights if, in Jefferson's own time, only property-owning white men were worthy of them?
A civil libertarian
has filed a lawsuit against the US government and two major airlines, after they allegedly violated several amendments to the US Constitution.
Rothman argues from a civil libertarian
point of view, although his position is not as extreme as that of Thomas Szasz who claims that the existence of an asylum itself is an abuse and has no discernible use except to enforce conformity and control deviance.
But beyond the civil libertarian
anglethe only angle, incidentally, that in my humble opinion falls within, say, the Anti-Defamation League's purviewis it right that the center be built there?
When the civil libertarian
activist Steven Silverman founded Flex Your Rights in 2002, his goal was to spread awareness of how basic Bill of Rights protections apply during encounters with law enforcement officials.
I am a true civil libertarian
. I don't want to squelch anyone's right to hold whatever religious view he or she wants.
They pursue this goal partly by exploiting the principled civil libertarian
commitments of some, the political squeamishness or naivete of others, and the racial bad faith of still others to shout and bully their way into public respectability.
Longtime activist and New York lawyer Dill Dobbs has taken many stands in his career--many of them at odds with other gays, "As a civil libertarian
, I try to look at issues from both sides," Dobbs says, "I'm afraid sometimes that we lose sight of justice," After Matthew Shepard's murder, Dobbs helped organize a movement in opposition to the death penalty for Shepard's killers, He's also been instrumental in a push to open up planning for the Millennium March to greater grassroots participation,