The Misconceived Search for the Meaning of 'Speech' in Freedom of Speech

7 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2014

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Larry Alexander

University of San Diego School of Law

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Date Written: November 19, 2014

Abstract

In this (very) short essay, I establish these points: All speech is symbolic; any conduct can be used to communicate a message (i.e., symbolically); government’s purpose in regulating, and not a speaker’s intention to communicate, defines the realm of freedom of expression; and determining the value of speech has a denominator problem.

Keywords: speech, conduct, symbols, purpose, value

JEL Classification: K10, K00

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Lawrence, The Misconceived Search for the Meaning of 'Speech' in Freedom of Speech (November 19, 2014). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-173. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2528297

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