Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 58–72 | Cite as

Democracy and the problem of free speech

  • Cass Sunstein


Should state or federal governmental units regulate pornography? Are existing constitutional standards clear enough to create and enforce restrictions on printed materials? In this article the author posits that the federal government should not attempt to curb offensive sexually explicit speech or printed works. However, he argues that the government has the authority to craft regulations addressing narrow issues related to materials combining sex with violence or coercion.


Sexual Violence Supra Note Free Speech Child Pornography Explicit Material 
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© Cass R. Sunstein 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cass Sunstein
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    • 2
  1. 1.Law School at the University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political Science at the University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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