And so it was in mid-May, when state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican, grew frustrated with what he saw as efforts by Speaker O'Brien, also a Republican, to silence him. So Vaillancourt directed a toxic remark at O'Brien: "Seig Heil." He was ejected from the chamber and forced to apologize.
Racist, homophobic and hateful organizations like the KKK undermine their ideology more than promote it. Allowing them to speak in public helps expose them for who they are. The best way to respond and defeat those ideologies is by exposing them.
The U.S. Supreme Court conservative majority is in essence decreeing a return to the old system of political patronage, where corporations and their wealthy supporters elect our representatives, instead of ordinary citizens.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided FCC v. Fox Television Stations. What's the real significance of the case? It is this: Throughout its opinion, the Court repeatedly wrote f*** and s***. It declined to acknowledge the actual words at stake. This is depressing.
Prior to this week, UC maintained an incredibly tiny free-speech zone, limiting student "demonstrations, pickets, and rallies" to a space covering a miniscule 0.1 percent of the school's 137-acre campus.
Churchill was fired in 2007 and brought a First Amendment lawsuit that remains in progress. Because his case raises crucial issues of academic freedom, it is important that the conclusions of the Colorado AAUP report be widely disseminated.
There are those who say that money doesn't really matter. What matters, they say, is the quality of the candidates and the strength of their ideas. Unfortunately, in a world of high-stakes and high-cost media, this is nonsense.