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June 17, 2019

A First Amendment win: Supreme Court rules the government can’t control private speech

Property and free speech rights both scored a big victory at the Supreme Court this week, when the Court decided Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. Although the facts of this case focus narrowly on public access television networks, the Supreme Court's decision has significant implications for all property owners, the internet, and social ...

June 17, 2019

The Hill: Seattle is trying to handcuff landlords — so they’re fighting to protect their rights

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of two radical Seattle housing laws that handcuff landlords in selecting their tenants. Cities across the country are watching the court as they contemplate similar measures. The two laws in question, both aimed at limiting property owners' ability to exercise discr ...

June 17, 2019

The Founding Fathers of our limited government: Benjamin Franklin, America’s entrepreneur

This is the second in a five-part series dedicated to exploring the lives, ideas, and contributions of the five individuals most directly responsible for the founding of the United States. Without the courageous actions of James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, America would not be the country that it ...

June 15, 2019

PLF receives North American Liberty Award

Atlanta; June 15, 2019: Today the Atlas Network presented Pacific Legal Foundation with the North American Liberty Award, which recognizes demonstrable impact in liberating enterprise, promoting prosperity, and removing barriers to human flourishing in North America. The award was presented in recognition of PLF's work to roll back the regulatory s ...

June 14, 2019

A dad’s Fathers Day gift: fighting for his son’s rights

Joel Greenwald can't dance. If you ask him, he'll say that he has "three left feet." His son Zachary, however, loves to dance. Zach loves dancing so much that in seventh grade after he was told competitive school dance teams are only for girls, he kept dancing with a private studio. Meander through the Father's ...

June 14, 2019

Governments violate our property rights a lot, but these Supreme Court cases fought back

I spoke at the 2019 Foundation of Economic Education conference in Atlanta. The following is a brief overview of my presentation on the importance of our property rights and how PLF has fought for property rights over the decades. ~~~ Many countries around the world have governing documents worth less than the paper they're written ...

June 14, 2019

How local governments are using foreclosure laws to steal people’s homes

A few years ago, my husband and I rented a car while visiting Italy. We had great fun driving to small towns off the beaten path. But about six months after we returned, I received a $250 ticket in the mail for accidentally driving onto a "locals only" road. If we had received the ticket ...

June 14, 2019

Why flag burning and the First Amendment come to mind on Flag Day

Today is Flag Day, which marks 242 years since the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as our nation's official flag—and next week marks 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court protected the right to burn that flag. Three decades after the court's decision, it remains controversial. For example, shortly after his election, President-elect ...

June 13, 2019

Bears Ears National Monument is the wrong way to conserve our landmarks

Summer's arrival is a godsend for the many victims of winter doldrums. And for calendar enthusiasts, June is officially "Great Outdoors Month." There's no better time to get outside and enjoy our natural world. But what is government's role in protecting those beautiful tracts of nature that so many of us will be enjoying this ...

June 12, 2019

Who Owns America’s Beaches? – Sword & Scales spring 2019

“You can't" is a call to war for the principled, headstrong among us. If you're trying to do something well, "you can't" is a wet blanket of backward thinking. Our Summer 2019 edition of Sword&Scales is titled Who owns America's beaches? and "You can't own beach land" is the antagonist we examine. There shouldn't be ...