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Last week, Judge Richard Posner suddenly retired from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after nearly 36 years on the bench.» Read More
On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, Strossen discusses the fallout from Charlottesville and argues forcefully that, yes, even neo-Nazis deserve free speech and assembly rights ― and yes, the ACLU should defend those rights.» Read More
Fredrik deBoer has been in and around academia his entire life. He’s a fourth generation Ph.D. who has blogged about education issues since 2008. Writing from a socialist perspective, he regularly tackles campus free speech debates. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we ask deBoer how censorship and growing distrust threaten the future of higher education, and why he believes his colleagues on “the left” contribute to it.» Read More
During the summer of 1919, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis changed his mind about free speech.» Read More
So to Speak podcast: Et tu, hecklers? Defending artistic expression with Arts Integrity Initiative Director Howard Sherman
In Shakespeare’s 1599 play “Julius Caesar,” the title character is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.” After protesters attempted to shut down a modernized production of the play in New York’s Central Park last month, theater companies may now be warning each other to “beware the ire of hecklers.”» Read More
It was 100 years ago this month that the Espionage Act of 1917 was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, making it a crime to interfere with the operations of the United States military.» Read More
Simon Tam likes to quote Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous line — paraphrased from transcendentalist Theodore Parker’s earlier statement — that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That said, Tam likes to add that the arc doesn’t bend on its own. It takes courageous individuals willing to stand up for their rights for justice to be achieved.
Tam can now add himself to the list of those who bore the cost of standing up for their rights — and found justice. Yesterday, the Supreme [...] » Read More
George Mason University Professor Tyler Cowen has spent the better part of the last 40 years on college campuses. That’s why when he wrote in his new book “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream” that college campuses are “among the segments of American society where the complacent class exercises its strongest influence,” we wanted to learn more.» Read More
FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff once declared 2014 the year of the heckler. But after high profile examples of mob censorship at the University of California, Berkeley, Middlebury College, and Claremont McKenna College, has 2017 become the new year of the heckler — at least on college campuses?
On this week’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, I’m joined by my FIRE colleagues Will Creeley, Samantha Harris, and Joe Cohn to help me answer this and other questions about [...] » Read More