“To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends."

                              Then U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, on critics of the administration’s policies

Madisonian democracy creates a government of majority rule with minority rights. The purpose of this course is to examine the role of the Supreme Court and other actors in setting the boundary between the two in the areas of First Amendment rights, equal protection, and due process. Please note that questions of representation and voting rights are taught in POL 331--Law and Political Representation.

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