Suffer the Children

The Good Society: A PEGS Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2001), pp. 67-71

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2001


Several leading civillibertarian groups and advocates (and libertarians) argue that minors of all ages are entitled to First Amendment rights. (To save breath, they are all referred to from here on as civil libertarians.) Reference is mainly not to "production" of speech but to "consumption," the unfettered access to cultural material. Basically, these civil libertarians maintain that children should be treated the same way as adults in this matter. After laying out the arguments advanced by civil libertarians in favor of this surprising position, I critically examine the underlying reasons for these groups to embrace this position. I conclude by suggesting that civillibertarians can defend liberty without hurting children.

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Etzioni, Amitai, Suffer the Children (2001). The Good Society: A PEGS Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2001), pp. 67-71. Available at SSRN:

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