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  • Originally published 10/02/2017

    Flip-Flopping on Free Speech

    Jill Lepore

    The fight for the First Amendment, on campuses and football fields, from the sixties to today.

  • Originally published 09/30/2016

    Courage and free speech

    Timothy Garton Ash

    Throughout human history there have been individuals who have been ready to risk everything for their beliefs.

  • Originally published 03/19/2015

    The Long History of Hate Speech

    M. Alison Kibler

    The terms have changed, from racial ridicule to group libel and then hate speech, but the regulation of hate speech stands out as twentieth century tradition, not a new culture war.

  • Originally published 05/07/2014

    For Justices, Free Speech Often Means ‘Speech I Agree With’

    “While liberal justices are over all more supportive of free speech claims than conservative justices, the votes of both liberal and conservative justices tend to reflect their preferences toward the ideological groupings of the speaker.”

  • Originally published 12/12/2005

    The Worst President Ever on Civil Liberties?

    Samuel Walker

    In an informal poll last year, professional historians rated George W. Bush the worst president ever in American history. It is a bit early to begin rating a president who still has two more years to serve, and time and events could change that judgement. On civil liberties issues, Bush clearly has the worst record of any president. He has led an all-out assault on the separation of church and state, abortion rights and gay and lesbian ri

  • Originally published 04/11/2005

    Who's Undermining Freedom of Speech on Campus Now

    David Beito, Robert "KC" Johnson, and Ralph E. Luker

    Freedom of speech is crucial both to a healthy democracy and the life of the mind. The 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits Congress from any act that would abridge it and the charters of most of our colleges and universities recognize that freedom of thought and speech are essential to a healthy academic community. Yet, freedom of speech has been a contested value since the birth of the Republic, most commonly in periods of war, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 thro