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Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism

Dirk Hughes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

The government can, and does, legally violate our Constitutional rights when in its best interest to do so. In fact, they do it quite often. They just need the right reason.

The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 year...

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

A Gathering Storm of Bigotry and Discrimination

Tom Carpenter | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The claim by fundamentalists to be protecting "religious liberty" is true-these proposed laws and restrictions are indeed their attempt to create special rights to advance their religious beliefs at the expense of others who disagree with them.

How Far Can the IRS Go in Regulating Political Ads by Nonprofits?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The IRS's proposed rule has run into the bugaboo that has plagued the Supreme Court and election administrators for years: how to define "political" advertisements.

The Wisdom of Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The wisdom of privacy is fundamental to the healthy evolution and future of human beings. It is perhaps the most essential ingredient of the natural order and balance in the social milieu and for a healthy human existence on earth. It makes the privacy revolution we are facing real, relevant, and vital to preserving ourselves as societies and individuals.

Presidents Day: Time for a Female in the White House?

Martha Burk | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

This year on President's Day I want to honor our female presidents. Oh, I forgot. There aren't any. You'd think it was against the law or something. It probably would have been if the founding fathers had thought of it.

Political Liberty Turns 1,000 Years Old

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In 2014, the year that Constitutional Liberty turns 1000 years old, our task - of resisting an increasingly remote and control governmental power that has forgotten the tradition whose job it is to protect - is not very different from the Founders'.

The Tyranny of Partisanship

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

What a sad spectacle the country is witnessing out of Washington today. A small portion of Republicans is holding their party hostage to a very narrow...

Exclusive: Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Drone Strikes, New Media Venture

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Democracy Now!

In the first exposé for their new new venture, First Look Media's digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn G...

Egypt's Fateful Choice: Democracy or Authoritarianism?

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Algeria descended into civil war when its military suppressed the country's democratically popular Islamists. Could the same happen in Egypt?

Obama's Executive Action Statements More Irresponsible Than Unconstitutional

Tom Mullen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

President Obama provided plenty of fodder for conservatives to howl "Dictator!" during his State of the Union address last week. If past experience is any indicator of what the President will actually do, his statements are more irresponsible than unconstitutional.

Constitution Changed: Hillary Clinton Will Automatically Be Elected President in 2016

Spencer Green | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The so-called "inevitability" amendment was proposed by Congress and then ratified within 30 minutes by all the states' legislatures, followed by responses of exhaustion and relief.

The Sum of Us All

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We need to remember this, our country was founded by a bunch of rabble-rousing activists who believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were worth dying for. Don't you think it is at least worth a few hours a month of your time?

Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans' Constitutional Rights

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?

Why We Should Care About the NSA Reforms

Nafees Syed | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nafees Syed

Given on the Friday before the holiday weekend, Obama's speech on NSA reforms left the limelight pretty quickly. But Americans should be concerned that the reforms might leave us worse off than before, and that some of our key questions on the surveillance remain unanswered.

Earth to Bill Maher: Edward Snowden Isn't the Crazy One

Tom Mullen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

For Maher and too many likeminded people, anyone who doesn't view the government as a benevolent force for good is a tinfoil-hat-wearing kook who believes all civilian life is the target of a massive conspiracy.

A Tale of Two Countries: Constitutional Reform in the Middle East

Tom Ginsburg | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Tom Ginsburg

As Tunisia and Egypt move a step closer toward completing constitutions this week, their experiences highlight the divergent fates of the Arab region's Islamist movements, resulting from the wise and foolish political choices of each country's political elites.

It's Not About You

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Christians need to be focused on living their life the way God commanded his followers to so that they may be a part of his Kingdom of Heaven for eternity.

Why I Shall Become an American

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Sometime toward the end of this year, I shall become an American citizen. A few of my European friends look confused when they realize that I go around the world expounding the importance of liberty -- and yet choose to live in the U.S.

Emily Swanson

Nearly Half Of Americans Grasp The First Amendment About As Well As Sarah Palin Does

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

More than 4 in 10 Americans think the First Amendment protects them from being fired for what they say, and more than 3 in 10 think it applies to situ...

Right Wing 'Wanted' Poster for JFK: Sound Familiar?

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The difference between the '60s paranoia and today's is that now we have FoxNews, Drudge, talk-radio the internet, and billionaire funders so that this insanity can magnified and instantaneously transmitted to larger and larger audiences.

The NSA's Telephone Metadata Program Is Unconstitutional

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In my judgment the existing program is unconstitutional. As currently structured, it violates the Fourth Amendment's requirement of "reasonableness." On the other hand, it should be possible for the government to correct the deficiencies in the program in a manner that both preserves its legitimate value and substantially mitigates the risks to privacy that it currently poses.