There are important issues regarding American freedom of association, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. These include controversial laws regarding demonstration permits, and instances of police brutality against protestors.
Freedom of association is a term popular in libertarian and anarchist literature. It is used to describe the concept of absolute freedom to live in a community whose values, laws, and culture are closely related to what one wants.
Most libertarians and anarchists believe that federally enforced laws and difficulty in moving between countries limits our freedom of association, and are in favor of autocracy and powerful local government.
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