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Free Speech: A Happy Ending

David Moshman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
David Moshman

Intellectual freedom controversies don't always have happy endings. A happy ending for some may be an unhappy ending for others. But here's a case with a happy ending for everyone.

Celebrating Free Speech Week Through the Lens of the Film and Television Industry

Chris Dodd | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

This week I have the privilege of serving as the Chairman of Free Speech Week, an annual celebration reminding all of us that most of the freedoms we ...

Chinese Art Colony's Free-Speech Illusion Shatters

AP | JACK CHANG | Posted 10.17.2014 | Arts

BEIJING (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and...

Nat Hentoff: Jazz, Edward Snowden and the Eternally Radical Idea of Free Speech (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Whether you care about jazz, civil liberties, freedom of speech throughout history, or the First Amendment on campus, be sure to check out this new interview with jazz critic and civil liberties legend Nat Hentoff.

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

What's Wrong With Denigrating Girls and Women in Schools?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
Soraya Chemaly

Sexism, gender-based double standards, and male entitlement are so normalized that girls think sexual assault and violence are just a "part of life" that they have to live with. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is seriously f***ed up.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

It Doesn't Matter What Your Reason Is for Not Having Sex -- Unless You're at Michigan

Susan Kruth | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Susan Kruth

This is utterly unconscionable, and, frankly, insane. It is the absolute last message we should be sending to college students. It is especially surprising considering many advocates' recent focus on the importance of obtaining enthusiastic consent.

7 Things Cracked Got Wrong About Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 09.26.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

1. Free speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. In fact, free speech is a much bigger, older, bolder cultural idea.

Open Judaism

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

For Jews, Rosh Hashanah is the equivalent of the Thanksgiving conundrum. But one political issue is more explosive than all the others put together. The political cause that supposedly all unites Jews but -- as any Jewish leader will tell you -- threatens to tear us apart. Israel.

High School Students Show Strong Support for First Amendment

Larry Magid | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

If people grow up believing in something, they're more likely to continue to hold those beliefs as they get older. So, I'm especially pleased that high school students are even more supportive of free speech than adults, according to a new survey from the Knight Foundation.

Faggots and Pot in State Washington

Will Bower | Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Will Bower

Looking to Start Anew, We Faggots Traveled to the State of Washington.

If Money Is Speech and Speech Is Freedom...

Bob Seay | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Bob Seay

Free speech cannot exist when those without money are shut out of the conversation. Democracy, in political ads and on media websites, requires a diversity of legitimate ideas, not simply the repetition of the same biases and misinformation.

What Role Do Social Media Companies Have in Stopping Speech?

Robert Quigley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Media
Robert Quigley

Who would want to see the gruesome video or further the militants' propaganda goals? Count me out. However, it is wrong that Twitter and YouTube made that decision for us, without a clear explanation.

An American Talks Turkey About the 'Intolerant' Chicken

Bethany St. James | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bethany St. James

Here in America, we have a knack for twisting around the meaning of a word and molding it into something we can get a bit more use out of. Americans are good at capitalizing on opportunities. In fact, we founded our country on that exact ideology.

Standing Strong for Free Speech: A Response to Geoffrey Stone

Ira Glasser | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Any reader unfamiliar with the ACLU's history and its leadership would be led by Geoffrey Stone's assertions to believe that the new leadership of the ACLU has come in and turned the ACLU's policy on campaign finance and free speech upside down. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Protecting Gun Owners from Pediatricians: Free Speech Redefined

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

These groups would have us believe that only gun owners should be allowed to speak about guns, and helpless, tongue-tied gun-owning parents need to be constitutionally protected from their subversive pediatricians.

Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics

Clay Calvert | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

A man from Kentucky was arrested and tossed in jail late last month for allegedly making terroristic threats and supposedly threatening to kill students at a school when he posted lyrics by a metal band on his Facebook page.

This Academic Year, Colleges Should Eliminate Speech Codes -- Or Prepare for Their Day in Court

Azhar Majeed | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Azhar Majeed

The majority of our nation's colleges and universities are not faring well when it comes to respecting freedom of speech.

Islamabad Revolutionaries Misunderstand the Right to Protest in the United States

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

To protect the constitutional democratic order, Pakistan needs to pass a law to regulate the right to protest that forbids inciting a crowd to imminent violence, issuing threats to the life of lawmakers, or entering government buildings.

Academic Freedom at the University of Illinois

David Moshman | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
David Moshman

I hope there will be justice for Professor Salaita, but we must distinguish his First Amendment right to free speech from the more general question of academic freedom.

Salaita v. University of Illinois: The Constitutional Issues

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Now that the University of Illinois has affirmed its illegal decision to revoke the offer of a tenured position to Prof. Steven Salaita, I want to here explore in some more detail the constitutional issues at stake in the litigation that is likely to follow.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty

Brian Leiter | Posted 10.23.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees have now declared that the First Amendment does not apply to any tenured faculty at the University of Illinois.

Anonymity and Censorship

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

How far can government go in forcing people to reveal their identities, or protecting people from being forced to reveal their identities?