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Adopt the University of Chicago Free Speech Statement

David Moshman | Posted 02.01.2016 | College
David Moshman

In July 2014 the president and provost of the University of Chicago, "in light of recent events nationwide that have tested institutional commitments ...

Navigating the Internet in Mother Russia

Karen Mesoznik | Posted 01.27.2016 | Technology
Karen Mesoznik

We've broken down all the ins and outs of the Great Firewall of China. Now it's time to discuss exactly how to navigate the Internet in Mother Russia ...

Outrage Culture Kills Important Conversation

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.

Iran is Exporting its Cultural Revolution

Arash Sobhani | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Arash Sobhani

And Communications App 'Telegram' is Offering a Helping Hand A few years ago, our band KIOSK - which is banned from performing in Iran - was invite...

A Cop Was Punished Over Politics, And The Supreme Court May Let His Bosses Get Away With It

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court isn't shy about entertaining partisan issues. But in the case of a New Jersey police officer who was punished fo...

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

SCOTUS Is About to Bring Down a Hammer on Public Sector Unions

Peter Scheer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Sometime during the next few months, the US Supreme Court will issue a decision that could profoundly weaken public employee unions across the country.

The Dangerous Side of the Free Speech Debate

Harris Zafar | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Harris Zafar

Provocative and incendiary speech is the greatest insult to the idea of free speech. We, as a society, must do better and recognize that our strength lies in being a moral force - in elevating our civility to the highest levels possible, as opposed to sticking to the bare minimum the law permits.

Charlie Hebdo Continues to Invite Hostility

Luqman Ahmed | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Luqman Ahmed

While I support the chant of 'Je Suis Charlie' to stand for those who lost their lives, I believe that we should use freedom of speech to promote peace and tolerance, not create more conflict and hatred.

Looks Like Scalia Won't Be Saving Public-Sector Unions After All

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public unions clearly appeared to have taken a beating Monday during oral arguments in a major case the Supreme Court is cons...

Censored Part 2  --  The Value of Giving Offense

Dan Keyserling | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Dan Keyserling

Listen carefully the next time you hear someone on television talking about how "offensive" a comment or column or cartoon is, and you might be surprised how often you find yourself listening to someone attempting to curtail the right to free speech.

The Supreme Court Appears Set To Issue Crippling Blow To Public Employee Unions

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court gave every indication on Monday that it is ready and willing to invalidate public uni...

Being Critical of Islam Is Not Racism

Shawn Moksvold | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Shawn Moksvold

In a free society, often uncomfortable things must be said to opposing parties to effectively work out complex issues. But when someone attempts to criticize the beliefs of a religion (mostly Islam), the left will invariably attach that criticism to racism.

How College Students Can Promote Free Speech on Their Campus

Azhar Majeed | Posted 01.07.2016 | College
Azhar Majeed

As a new semester gets underway, the good news is that there are a number of ways for students to improve the climate for free speech at their colleges and universities.

Then You Really Might Know What It's Like

Rabbi Scott Fox | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Scott Fox

I'll admit it. I had the album. I really thought it was cool. The rugged truck on the cover, the first cowboy boots I'd ever seen in my life, Californian born and raised. The name of the CD painted with whitewash, white on black, right there on the driver's side door: Whitey Ford Sings the Blues.

Money Talks

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Plutocrats United, Richard Hasen provides a careful and compelling analysis of the role of money in American politics and proposes a legal strategy to reform campaign financing to give all Americans a meaningful opportunity to participate in elections.

Martin Luther King on the First Amendment

David Moshman | Posted 01.04.2016 | College
David Moshman

The Promised Land, then, is not simply a "safe space." Social justice is not achieved by eliminating "microaggressions" or requiring "trigger warnings." Student activists, whatever their cause, should recognize and insist on intellectual freedom for all.

Towards Defying Time

David Cahn | Posted 01.04.2016 | College
David Cahn

I am so caught up in college life, the ebb and flow of politics (the greatest horse race ever invented), and the ever-important drama of daily life, t...

2016 Corporate Crisis Outlook: Much More of the Same

Harlan Loeb | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
Harlan Loeb

2015 at a glance: Explosive airbags and scandalous accounting. High-visibility data breaches. Terrorism. Climate risk. Drug pricing. Food quality. A 300 percent increase in media attention on brand reputation risk since 2010. Scrutiny is indeed rising.

Poland Lawmakers Approve New Law On State Media Control

Associated Press | Gabriel Arana | Posted 12.31.2015 | Media

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament on Wednesday approved new legislation that gives the government control of state radio and television ...

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

Virginia Debate Champions Stand Against Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Erica N. West | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Erica N. West

Debate is a pure and direct by-product of the First Amendment. This country was founded and grounded through debate. Our laws are hashed out via verbal altercation on the floor of Congress to this day.

The 2015 Best and Worst in Higher Education

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 12.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Alan Kadish

As we look back at the many ups and downs of 2015, we are grateful for some areas of progress and at the same time, cognizant of changes that need to occur in order to improve the higher ed landscape.

The Cost of Freedom

Karen Mesoznik | Posted 12.28.2015 | Impact
Karen Mesoznik

Many of us don't think twice before searching online, uploading a video, or making a statement about a political candidate on social media. But for countless others, these everyday habits, which are just "givens" for us, are a matter of life and death.

Appeal Filed In Free Speech Case Over Anti-Gay Essay

AP | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge dismissed a former University of New Mexico student's lawsuit alleging she was ostracized by professors for an...