Book Forum

Children, Adults and the First Amendment

May 21, 2001 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Phil Harvey; Margarie Hines; Larry Jarvick; and Roger Pilon.

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Two new books examining the relationship between government and erotica were the topic of a Cato Policy Forum, “Children, Adults, and the First Amendment.” Philip Harvey, author of Government vs. Erotica: The Siege of Adam & Eve, described his eight‐​year struggle against the Department of Justice after his small North Carolina mail‐​order company was invaded in 1986 by 37 armed federal agents. Attorney Marjorie Heins, author of Not in Front of the Children: Indecency, Censorship, and Innocence of Youth, argued that most restraints on sexual material are unconstitutional. Laurence Jarvik, author of PBS: Behind the Screen and publisher of the online journal, “TheI​dler​.com,” commented.