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Speechless by Bruce Barry
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Jun 10, 2007 | ISBN 9781576753972

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“Barry explains how we lose our freedom of speech every day when we go to work. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about free speech.”
—Lewis Maltby, President, The National Workrights Institute

“A generation of Americans growing up in the age of networking, blogging, and instant messaging will be surprised to learn they park most of their rights to free speech, expression, and association at the door of their workplace. Barry’s thorough analysis demonstrates how out of touch this is with our democratic values and suggests reforms that would allow us to be both good citizens and loyal, productive workers. A very good book.”
—Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Management and Co-Director, MIT Workplace Center, and author of Restoring the American Dream: A Working Families’ Agenda for America

“Bruce Barry documents in telling detail how workplace strictures on free expression can adversely affect morale, productivity, and profit. He argues persuasively that too often court rulings have helped enforce a management muzzle to a degree that the law has permitted the evolution of a corporate ethos that offends the political and cultural commitment to free speech in a democratic society.”
—John Seigenthaler, founding Editorial Director, USA Today; former President, The American Society of Newspaper Editors; and Founder, The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center

“Speechless is a new and important contribution to the literature on free speech. For over 200 years Americans have held onto the myth that un- restricted free expression is a right that should be and is respected and protected everywhere in our country. Barry has the audacity to bring into question that myth both theoretically and with a series of examples that challenge our ungrounded beliefs.”
—Patricia Werhane, Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics, University of Virginia; Wicklander Chair in Business Ethics and Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, DePaul University; author of Employment and Employee Rights and Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making

“A pioneering, fresh, and thorough analysis of the subtle erosion of American expressive rights. Speechless concludes with a set of bold and sensible steps that legislatures, courts, managers, and workers can take to refashion workplace communities for putting America back on the track toward deliberative democracy.”
—Daniel B. Cornfield, Editor, Work and Occupations

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Speechless at Work in America
1 When Work and Speech Collide
2 Constitutional Rights in Public and Private
3 Unemployment at Will
4 Public Employee Speech
5 A Chill in the Private Sector
6 Why Free Speech Works
7 Civil Rights and Wrongs
8 Speech in the Digital Age
9 Managing Expression inside the Workplace
Conclusion: The Case for Freer Expression
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