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Worst Instincts

Wendy Kaminer



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Beacon Press
01 June 2010
Ethical issues: censorship; Civil rights & citizenship; Freedom of information & freedom of speech; Land rights; Jurisprudence & general issues
When an organization committed to free speech succumbs to pressure to suppress internal criticism and disregard or spin the truth, it offers important lessons for other associations, corporations, and governments. Wendy Kaminer, a renowned advocate of civil liberties, calls on her experience as a dissident member of the American Civil Liberties Union national board to tell an inside story of dramatic ethical decline that has much to teach us about the land mines of groupthink.

Note from the Author Ch. 2, The Problem with Partisanship, note 2.

This book is not a comprehensive expose of ACLU controversies, (which would be too tedious for me to write or you to read,) and the Beacon Press archive only documents this book; but my colleagues and I have been in the process of making a comprehensive record available in another publicly accessible archive.
By:   Wendy Kaminer
Imprint:   Beacon Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 1mm,  Width: 1mm, 
Weight:   1g
ISBN:   9780807044360
ISBN 10:   0807044369
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 June 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wendy Kaminer is the author of many books, including Free for All- Defending Liberty in America Today; I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional- The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions; and Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials- The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety. She lives in Boston.

Reviews for Worst Instincts

Kaminer . . . weighs in on her disillusionment with the ACLU after serving on the national board in post-9/11 America. . . . Her depiction of how group members not only follow the herd but also ostracize the 'troublemaker' is compelling, and her book is brave and informative.-- Publishers Weekly <br> 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 <br> Witty, trenchant, devastating, Worst Instincts is a study of institutional decay, of how good organizations, blinded by the righteousness of their mission, do bad things. --Jack Beatty, author of Age of Betrayal and On Point n

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