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Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity, and the ACLU

Worst Instincts

"Standing up to your political enemies is easy, fun and often profitable. Taking public issue with your friends and allies on a matter of great principle is none of these, but it is a far more important service to others. I am enormously grateful to Wendy Kaminer for the intellectual integrity and moral courage this book represents." - Congressman Barney Frank


What happens when an organization with the express goal of defending individual rights and liberties starts silencing its own board? In this concise and provocative book, lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer tells an inside story of the dramatic ethical decline of the American Civil Liberties Union, using it as a case history to detail the many vices of association.

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About Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer and social critic, writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture. Her latest book is Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity and the ACLU. A former Guggenheim fellow, she is the author of seven previous books. She is a former board member of American Civil Liberties and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Secular Coalition for America. Learn More...


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