The Institute for Justice doesn’t litigate your typical First Amendment cases.
They generally don’t take cases involving protest bans, controversial speakers, or political dissent. Instead, the libertarian, public-interest law firm takes cases often ascribed to the margins of First Amendment concerns by the public and even some judges: cases involving occupational speech, commercial speech, and campaign finance.
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with IJ President and General Counsel Scott Bullock about the origin of IJ’s unique brand of First Amendment litigation. Bullock joined the organization at its founding in 1991 [...] » Read More
Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten (1917) might be the most important free speech case you’ve never heard of.
In his now largely forgotten decision in the case, then Southern District of New York Judge Learned Hand rejected the United States postmaster general’s arguments for refusing to mail Masses magazine. The magazine was staunchly opposed to World War I and the compulsory military draft. The postmaster general argued that the recently passed Espionage Act gave him the authority to deny the magazine’s circulation.
Judge Hand’s decision was among the first to breathe free speech principles and ideals into American law. [...] » Read More
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we chat with professor Pinker about free speech, free inquiry, taboo, dangerous ideas, and, of course, his forthcoming book on the Enlightenment: “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.”» Read More
Nowhere have the campus free speech debates been as intense as at the University of California, Berkeley — the home of the Free Speech Movement.
Violent protests against one speaker. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in security costs to protect another. Speaking invitations extended and then (maybe?) rescinded. And that’s just this year.
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we revisit the events surrounding the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement to see if the university’s storied past can teach us anything about today’s debates.» Read More
The experts are calling it the free speech debate of the next decade: What are the rules for what people can say — and see — online? Who decides?» Read More
On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we catch up with spiked editors Tom Slater and Ella Whelan in New Jersey to chat about the tour, which kicks off next week in Washington, D.C.» Read More
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Last week, Judge Richard Posner suddenly retired from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after nearly 36 years on the bench.» Read More
On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, Strossen discusses the fallout from Charlottesville and argues forcefully that, yes, even neo-Nazis deserve free speech and assembly rights ― and yes, the ACLU should defend those rights.» Read More
Fredrik deBoer has been in and around academia his entire life. He’s a fourth generation Ph.D. who has blogged about education issues since 2008. Writing from a socialist perspective, he regularly tackles campus free speech debates. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we ask deBoer how censorship and growing distrust threaten the future of higher education, and why he believes his colleagues on “the left” contribute to it.» Read More