Chapter

. The Unseemly Fearfulness of Our Time

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.003.0026
. The Unseemly Fearfulness of Our Time

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This chapter recommends a proper caution, particularly in the form of defensive measures, is encouraged. It observes that people tend to be enough aware of our mortality to take precautions. It refers the author's 1971 treatise, The Constitutionalist, a detailed examination of principles vital to the American regime. It notes that the sources and applications of these principles are examined, and those principles, especially with respect to the First Amendment guarantee of “freedom of speech [and] of the press,” seemed to be undermined then because of desperate Cold War concerns in recent decades. It further notes that the apprehensiveness exhibited at times was hardly edifying. It reasons that this is not to deny the ferociousness of Stalinist regimes, in Russia and elsewhere, but there were better and worse ways of responding in this country that tended to make sensible measures less likely.

Keywords: caution; defensive measures; mortality; The Constitutionalist; American regime; First Amendment; freedom of speech; Cold War; Stalinist regimes; Russia

Chapter.  2413 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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