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Free Speech and Association

October 09, 2019

The Daily Caller: Don’t expect diversity of thought at University of California

The University of California, Davis, advertises itself as a place "to freely hear, express, and debate different ideas and points of view." But as this new semester progresses, students may begin to wonder why every professor seems to be teaching from the same ideological textbook. To understand why, just look at the California university system's ...

October 07, 2019

The Hill: What to watch for in the new Supreme Court session

If you care about property rights, the environment and the First Amendment, here's a quick checklist of cases to watch in the Supreme Court term starting this week.  County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund The Clean Water Act makes it clear that the states, not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have the authority to ...

October 01, 2019

Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fund unions’ political speech

In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 31 that forcing public sector workers to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs violates those workers' First Amendment rights. The government can't force government workers to pay for the unions' activities or speech—a ...

September 13, 2019

Remembering why free speech is important

At a time when freedom of speech seems to be under assault, it's worth stepping back to reconsider why it matters. In a free society, all citizens must be able to pursue their own paths, set their own goals, and think for themselves. Of course, in America and elsewhere, there are norms, orthodoxies, and taboos. ...

September 12, 2019

The confusing world of government censorship

The First Amendment protects our freedom of speech for one reason: Free speech is necessary to sustain free thought and free action. It may seem obvious, but our ability to speak truth to power, point out injustices in the system, and engage with ideas is critical to our freedoms. Censorship threatens all that, but unfortunately—as ...

September 10, 2019

The Hill: California workers have constitutional rights — even if unions think they don’t matter

Years ago, when Mike Jackson and Tory Smith started working in the Parking Department at the University of California, San Diego, they assumed they were required to join the public employees' union. Not that it made much difference whether they joined or not. At the time, 22 states, including California, required workers who didn't join ...