Lecture 2-15-2007 - Political Science 104 Intro to American...

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Political Science 104 - Intro to American Government Lecture February 15, 2007 Speech Codes Restrictions – by private organizations, mostly – on what you can say Offshoot of legal theories in employment law, which is that inappropriate speech can create a "hostile environment" that violates anti discrimination law Sexual Harassment law: jokes, unwanted advances, overt sexual references, displays of offensive material, quid pro quos (but can be broader) Note blurry line between speech and conduct; pattern has been, among employers, to play it safe. Common in the 90’s (less so, today, but not infrequent) to restrict certain types of speech on college campuses. Problems (Rauch) Assumption of the superiority of a particular set of views Unreasonable restrictions on dialogue, argument Effort to suppress attitudes Free marketplace of ideas One-way enforcement o “Affirmative Action” bake sales Different races would have to pay different prices for baked
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