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Ken White has made a name for himself in First Amendment circles for his particularly astute and often comical commentary on free speech issues for the popular “law, liberty, and leisure” blog Popehat. An attorney by day, Ken likes to use his considerable legal chops—he’s a 1994 graduate of Harvard Law School—to take a rhetorical... Read more Read more


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A precipitous decline in the percentage of schools maintaining severely restrictive speech codes. A proliferation of bias response teams. “Security fee” or “speech tax”? Donald Trump. Milo Yiannopoulos. Penis drawings. These topics and more are covered in So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast’s recap of the fall 2016 semester, featuring FIRE vice presidents Samantha... Read more Read more


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In July, the ACLU tapped Georgetown University Law Center Professor David Cole to be its new national legal director. In that role, Cole will oversee nearly 300 lawyers and a docket of about 1,400 state and federal lawsuits. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, Wall Street Journal Supreme Court Correspondent... Read more Read more


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Attorney Martin Garbus’ client list is a who’s who of the world’s foremost artists, politicians, corporations, scientists, and political dissidents. In a career spanning half a century, he’s represented actors Sean Connery and Al Pacino, authors Tom Brokaw and Nancy Reagan, and even Nobel Prize winners Vaclav Havel and Andrei Sakharov. Although Garbus holds a... Read more Read more


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In 1996, Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt found herself in a peculiar situation: She and a team of lawyers would have to defend the truth about the Holocaust against British historian and famed Holocaust denier David Irving. It was a quirk of the English legal system that allowed the battle to play out in court.... Read more Read more


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The time of America’s founding was full of raucous debate and widespread dissent. Americans built effigies, wrote pamphlets, sang songs, and gathered at liberty trees to protest British rule. But while citizens of the 13 colonies, and later the United States, might have acted like they had a right to express themselves in the myriad... Read more Read more


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“How do you make the case for freedom of speech these days?,” asks Brendan O’Neill in the latest episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. The question is a serious one for O’Neill. As the editor of the online British current-affairs magazine spiked, he is on the front lines every day fighting to... Read more Read more


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  “Two inflammatory words … one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up.” When artist and illustrator Ralph Steadman wrote those words for the label of Flying Dog Brewery’s “Raging Bitch” Belgian-style IPA, he had no idea that cruel imprisonment would be... Read more Read more


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“Unfortunately, Title IX has really become unmoored from its original intention,” says FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley. Title IX is the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs. The active part of the law is fewer than 40 words long. But in a forthcoming book entitled Twisting Title IX, Robert argues... Read more Read more


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Earlier this year, Jason Riley was “disinvited” from speaking at Virginia Tech due to concerns his writings on race would spark campus protests. The Wall Street Journal columnist, Fox News commentator, and Manhattan Institute senior fellow wasn’t alone in seeing an invitation to speak on campus revoked over concerns that his appearance might prove controversial.... Read more Read more



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