Bull in the china shop: a free speech doctrine for the People’s Republic
freedom of speech, law, China
This essay takes the view that many (if not almost all) laws are made with two thoughts in mind: 1) outline the way that individuals relate to each other; and, 2) suggest a vision for society in the future. Arguably, laws replace the central role of religion in many places. The first part of this essay will outline potential sources that could help in the development of Freedom of Speech law for China. The second will outline a proposed Freedom of Speech doctrine for China. Finally, some of the problems that exist with the proposal will be teased out in the third section since no law is perfect. Given the present situation in China, this doctrine might very well resemble loosening a bull in a china shop. Ultimately, the outcome could be good for both China and humanity.
Presented on January 17, 2015 at the 86th Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, United States.
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