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Liberty for All : Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality

Title

Liberty for All : Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality

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Excerpt

In the opening chapter of this book, Elizabeth Price Foley writes, “The slow, steady, and silent subversion of the Constitution has been a revolution that Americans appear to have slept through, unaware that the blessings of liberty bestowed upon them by the founding generation were being eroded.” She proceeds to explain how, by abandoning the founding principles of limited government and individual liberty, we have become entangled in a labyrinth of laws that regulate virtually every aspect of behavior and limit what we can say, read, see, consume, and do. Foley contends that the United States has become a nation of too many laws where citizens retain precious few pockets of individual liberty. With a close analysis of urgent constitutional questions—abortion, physician-assisted suicide, medical marijuana, gay marriage, cloning, and U.S. drug policy—Foley shows how current constitutional interpretation has gone astray. Without the bias of any particular political agenda, she argues convincingly that we need to return to original conceptions of the Constitution and restore personal freedoms that have gradually diminished over time.

Description

xv, 287 pages ; 24 cm

ISBN

9780300109832

Publication Date

2006

Publisher

Yale University Press

City

New Haven, CT

Keywords

Law and ethics, Constitutional law, Privacy, Right of Privacy

Disciplines

Constitutional Law

Comments

Includes bibliographical references ( p. 199-280) and index