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Free Speech and Association

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 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 11, 2019

Government regulations for social media companies that censor political speech? No thanks

In recent weeks, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have banned hate groups and controversial figures such as Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, Alex Jones of Infowars, and others. This resulted in a chorus of criticism from politicians (across the ideological spectrum), pundits, and the general public. The Trump admini ...

June 03, 2019

Scar tattoos are a First Amendment right too

Tattoos are one of the oldest forms of expression, and throughout human history, people have assigned deep artistic, religious, political, and spiritual meaning to these pieces of body art. Tattoos are painted onto the human form rather than parchment or canvas, but they are protected by the First Amendment just like a painting by Van ...

May 30, 2019

A solution to political polarization: Rediscovering our individual rights

Modern Americans are the heirs to the most important philosophic and political revolution in the history of the Western world. The government that arose from that revolution was intended to promote stability and harmony through a carefully calibrated system of checks and balances and respect for individual liberty. Yet modern partisan and ideologic ...

May 28, 2019

The Hill: Texas said he couldn’t wear a MAGA cap to vote — now he’s suing to protect his rights

Voters face many important choices when they cast their ballots on Election Day. But one choice they shouldn't have to make is between their right to free speech and their right to vote. Yet voters in Texas face exactly that choice, thanks to a state law that gives election workers the power to stop you ...