Self-censorship for democrats

  title={Self-censorship for democrats},
  author={Matthew Festenstein},
  journal={European Journal of Political Theory},
  pages={324 - 342}
On the face of it, self-censorship is profoundly subversive of democracy, particularly in its talk-centric forms, and undermines the culture of openness and publicity on which it relies. This paper has two purposes. The first is to develop a conception of self-censorship that allows us to capture what is distinctive about the concept from a political perspective and which allows us to understand the democratic anxiety about self-censorship: if it is not obvious that biting our tongues is always… 

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