Class 8: The Expansion of Liberty: Introduction and Free Speech I

Political Science

Course on “The Changing Purposes of American Government

Taught by Dr. Christopher Wolfe

CLASS 8: “The Expansion of Liberty: Introduction and Free Speech I”

The dominant goal of the constitution was to protect liberty, and, above all, the liberty associated with natural rights. As we have discussed, the most prominent theme relating to the changing purposes of government has been the rise of equality. At the same time, the expansion of personal and civil liberty has been an important aspect of these changes as well. Therefore, we turn now to examine precisely this latter expansion of liberties.
CHRISTOPHER WOLFE IS EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, AND SERVED AS CO-DIRECTOR OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL CENTER FROM 2005 TO 2014.  HE CURRENTLY TEACHES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS. HIS MAIN AREA OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING FOR TWO DECADES WAS CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT, AND HE IS THE AUTHOR OF VARIOUS BOOKS, THE BEST KNOWN OF WHICH IS THE RISE OF MODERN JUDICIAL REVIEW, WHICH JUDGE ROBERT BORK, IN A 2006 WALL STREET JOURNAL CONTRIBUTION, LISTED AS ONE OF THE FIVE BEST BOOKS ON THE CONSTITUTION.