Three Felonies a Day is the story of how citizens from all walks of life—doctors, accountants, businessmen,political activists, and others—have found themselves the targets of federal prosecutions, despite sensibly believing that they did nothing wrong, broke no laws, and harmed not a single person. From the perspective of both a legal practitioner who has represented the wrongfully-accused, and of a legal observer who has written about these trends for the past four decades, Three Felonies a Daybrings home how individual liberty is threatened by zealous crusades from the Department of Justice. Even the most intelligent and informed citizen (including lawyers and judges, for that matter) cannot predict with any reasonable assurance whether a wide range of seemingly ordinary activities might be regarded by federal prosecutors as felonies.
Written by two long-time friends and civil liberties advocates—one more liberal, the other more conservative—The Shadow University illuminates the attack on liberty that has dominated our nation's college campuses for nearly two decades.
This book shows how the best aspects of the 1960's—free speech, equality of rights, respect for private conscience, and a sense of undergraduate liberties and adult responsibilities—have died on our campuses. What is left of that heady decade are its worst part: self-appointed "progressives" who seek to enforce moral and political orthodoxies through abuse and coercion rather than reason. In a nation whose future depends upon an education in freedom, colleges and universities are teaching the values of censorship, self-censorship, and self-righteous abuse of power.
The Shadow University, published by The Free Press in hardcover in 1998 and, the following year, by HarperPerennial in paperback—both still in print—is yet more relevant since 9/11. Faculty members who eagerly dismantled the structures of liberty in the 1980s and 1990s have now discovered that one reaps what one sows, and that censorship is a weapon that, if tolerated, all sides may use. If the past twenty years proves anything, it is that liberty is non-partisan and an essential way of being human, morally, politically, and intellectually.
The Shadow University is an urgent call to all those concerned with liberty—liberals, conservatives, and everything in between—to join together in defense of liberty for the next generation, by restoring free speech, equality of rights, fair procedures, and respect for private conscience and individuality on our colleges and universities.