01 October 2012

Assembly Not Association or Expression

I stumbled across this brief, incisive post by Todd Gitlin in which he surveys a set of recent revisionist legal histories that call into question the reduction of freedom of assembly to freedom on association or expression. I have noted here and here before the complex interconnections between freedom and creativity and public space. It seems to me that it is crucial to democratic politics to reassert the freedom to gather together and to act together in public. The works Gitlin mentions recount how we've lost that freedom.

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