Monday, September 23, 2019
Helen L. Norton, University of Colorado Law School, has published Introduction (Excerpt), The Government's Speech and the Constitution, from The Government's Speech and the Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Here is the abstract.
When we discuss constitutional law, we usually focus on the constitutional rules that apply to what the government does. Far less clear are the constitutional rules that apply to what the government says. When does the speech of this unusually powerful speaker violate our constitutional rights and liberties? More specifically, when does the government’s expression threaten liberty or equality? And under what circumstances does the Constitution prohibit our government from lying to us? In “The Government’s Speech and the Constitution,” Professor Helen Norton investigates the variety and abundance of the government’s speech, from early proclamations and simple pamphlets, to the electronic media of radio and television, and ultimately to today’s digital age. This helps us understand how the government’s speech has changed the world for better and for worse, and why the government’s speech deserves our attention and at times our concern.
Download the excerpt from SSRN at the link.