The Springs of Liberty

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Publication Date
October 1999
Page Count
154 pages
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The Springs of Liberty

The Satiric Tradition and Freedom of Speech
Stewart Justman

The Springs of Liberty takes up questions of literary history and theory and explores sources of power harnessed by modern political doctrines and the journalism that conveys them to the public. These forces of opinion are traced to a tradition deeper and older than either: satire. In that tradition--its power, diversity, and license--the author locates the spirit of free speech.

About the Author

Stewart Justman is a professor in the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Montana. He is the author of Fool's Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology (Ivan R. Dee, 2005), Seeds of Mortality (Ivan R. Dee, 2003), and The Springs of Liberty (1999) and The Psychological Mystique (1998), both published by Northwestern University Press. He is the recipient of the 2004 PEN Award for the Art of the Essay.
"Do we deserve a book as fine as The Springs of Liberty? This work is at once conservative, bold, and startlingly original. Stewart Justman writes not just with brilliance and broad learning, lightly worn, but also with a simplicity, moral passion, and humane judiciousness that are remote from academic style. . . . [O]ne of the wisest and most penetrating critics now among us." --Frederick Crews