The tax package pending in Congress includes a provision that would leave churches and other nonprofits, which by law must be nonpartisan, suddenly free to engage in political speech.
Following up on last month's post, University Of Arkansas To Change Tenure Policy To Permit Firing Of Faculty For Lack Of Collegiality: Robert Steinbuch (Arkansas) & Joshua Silverstein (Arkansas), Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom Under Attack in Arkansas: The state of Arkansas is facing an existential threat to...
Washington Post op-ed: Professors Are Losing Their Freedom of Expression, by Howard Gillman (Chancellor, UC-Irvine) & Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Berkeley) (Co-Authors, Free Speech on Campus (Yale University Press 2017)): With so much attention focused on whether controversial speakers such as Milo Yiannapoulos or Richard Spencer should be allowed to appear...
A pro-life student group gets permission from the university to write messages in chalk on a campus sidewalk. After they’ve done so, along comes a bossy, officious prof who tells them they can only exercise free speech in the school’s free-speech zone — but the speech-zone policy no longer exists. Show More Summary
CHARLES C.W. COOKE OFFERS A CORRECTION TO AN OTHERWISE GOOD PIECE ON CAMPUS FREE SPEECH: Richard Spencer Hasn’t Been Invited By Campus Conservative Groups: In New York magazine, Jesse Singal pens a long defense of free speech on campus. It’s well done, and worth reading. Overall, I’d recommend it. But I must push back against […]
I’m a bit late getting to this major survey from my colleague Emily Ekins and associates. Some highlights good and bad: By 71% to 28%, Americans lean toward the view that political correctness silences discussions society ought to have,...Show More Summary
(Paul Mirengoff) The Washington Post reports on the trial of six defendants who are charged with what the Post calls the “fiery, glass-shattering civil disturbance on President Trump’s Inauguration Day.” (“Fiery” as in setting fires). Show More Summary
In Fort Bend County, Texas, the debate over free speech has come down to a now-infamous bumper sticker: “FUCK TRUMP AND FUCK YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” Last week, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls suggested in a Facebook post that the owner of the truck bearing the remark could be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after the sheriff’s […]
If one lives in the USA, then one has the right to speak one’s mind without the government punishing one for doing so. That right is enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. What isn’t enshrined in the First Amendment is a right to have someone else transmit one’s speech to the general public. Show More Summary
Guest post by Joe Hoft To hell with the 1st Amendment – Nazi Sympathizer George Soros funded Media Matters is leading the liberal charge to shut down all conservative speech in America in spite of the fact that a majority of Americans are conservative. Show More Summary
In New York magazine, Jesse Singal pens a long defense of free speech on campus. It’s well done, and worth reading. Overall, I’d recommend it. But I must push back against the opening, which includes a rather misleading implication: The...Show More Summary
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator says Brussels has priorities other than Britain when it comes to trade. The EU will not "wait" for Britain to strike a new free trade deal, Michel Barnier said in a speech. Barnier told Brexiteers toShow More Summary
Saturday: This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts Cornell Law Prof: I Never Thought The Free Speech Mob Would Come Me. Until They Did. The 'Trump Bump' Grows As College Grads From Both Sides Of The Political Spectrum Flock To Law School Colon: ETFs And In-Kind Redemptions Sunday: ABA...
Six defendants are set to begin facing a jury Monday on rioting charges.
A few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer's event, they were outnumbered by counter-protesters.
USA Today op-ed: My Pro-free Speech Views Made Me the Target of a Smear Campaign at Vassar College, by William Jacobson (Cornell): From UC Berkeley in the west to Middlebury College in the northeast, and at dozens of colleges and universities in between, we have seen speakers disrupted, shouted-down, shut-down...
Created Equal and Students for Life America have experienced aggressive, in-your-face attempts to silence free speech.
Many people remind the sheriff about that whole free speech thing.
“At root, people deeply want it to be the case” that a bad person “doesn’t have a right to speak in public, let alone on public university campuses, so they contrive really silly reasons why, in their imaginary world, actually he can’t.”...Show More Summary