Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse
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Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse

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Political speech in the United States is undergoing a crisis. Glendon's acclaimed book traces the evolution of the strident language of rights in America and shows how it has captured the nation's devotion to individualism and liberty, but omitted the American traditions of hospitality and care for the community.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 30th 1993 by Free Press (first published August 1991)
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Brett Williams
Portentous subtleties of modern American language and law

Harvard’s Mary Ann Glendon provides one of those rare insights into why we are the way we are, exposing what is patently aberrant when externally viewed, axiomatic by force of habit, and an educational system catering to consumerism. Central is our language, that way to the soul of how we view our world and us in it, through rights talk. American rights talk is stark, simple, polarizing, legalistic, excessively bestowing the rights label w...more
A decent discussion of what types of relationships can and do structure politics other than rights-relationships. In particular, the book is critical of defining almost all politics in terms of rights, when rights are most useful in a fairly small number of cases.
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