The Emperor’s New Clothes and Independent Thought
Would you speak up if you saw something completely ridiculous? Or would you keep your doubts to yourself? Democracies need their truth-tellers and free societies require independent thinkers able to question convention, resist conformity, and reach their own conclusions. This video explains why speech suppression can cause problems ranging from the laughable to the downright dangerous.
These short lessons — each under three minutes in length and featuring First Amendment expert David L. Hudson— encapsulate the key facts and essential rulings in landmark court decisions establishing our modern free speech rights. Building First Amendment literacy means covering the basics, and FIREStarters make complex ideas approachable for younger audiences and busy people. See all of the videos.