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Free Speech and Association

March 16, 2020

The Hill: It’s up to the Supreme Court to teach Seattle ‘Free Speech 101’

Imagine a law that required Republicans to contribute to Bernie Sanders's or Joe Biden's presidential campaign. Or that the Hollywood left must donate to President Trump's reelection. Would you support such a law? Of course not ― most of us would find such a law to be not only unconstitutional but an affront to one's ...

March 11, 2020

Despite ”PC Culture” growing, America’s freedom of speech is strong

From politics, to sports, to entertainment, "politically correct" speech is becoming more and more of a buzzword. A recent NPR/PBS poll showed that people feel they can speak their mind less than in years past. Depending on your perspective—and sometimes your politics—this is either a good or a dangerous thing. But regardless of how one ...

March 09, 2020

Jurist: States should not adopt a speech code for lawyers

Attorneys litigate on both sides of some of the most contentious issues in the country: affirmative action, rent control, abortion rights, gun rights, you name it. Sometimes the positions attorneys take may be seen as offensive, as those positions may run contrary to more "popular" opinions. But in our adversarial system of justice, free speech ...

February 24, 2020

The Hill: It’s time for the Supreme Court to treat all speech equally

In a free society, speech at times can be annoying, obnoxious, unsettling or offensive. Panhandlers and political protesters can approach you on the street. Controversial ideas can be expressed on tee shirts, bumper stickers or license plates. And governments cannot block speech merely because it is irritating or bothersome — unless you are talki ...

February 20, 2020

How progressives and conservatives have changed the debate over freedom of speech

Throughout American history, people's views on what should or should not count as protected speech under the First Amendment has waxed and waned along with cultural trends and changing political ideologies. But rarely do we see the viewpoint on certain fundamental rights shift so dramatically. Progressives used to champion the freedom of speech, ev ...

February 03, 2020

The Hill: What is UC Davis hiding about its use of diversity statements?

Last month, Abigail Thompson, a professor of mathematics and department chair at the University of California, Davis, wrote a scathing opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal calling out the university's ideological litmus test for job applicants. She suggested that the university's requirement that aspiring faculty members submit "Diversity, Equi ...

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