Summary: With free speech under attack on many fronts by the Left, the ACLU stands almost alone on the Left defending one of the core precepts of a liberal social order. Here is a powerful essay by the ACLU’s National Legal Director. Stand by for a special post later today about Hurricane Irma.
March at Charlottesville, VA, on 11 March 2017. By Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress.
By David Cole.
The New York Review of Books, 28 September 2017.
Posted with their generous permission.
Does the First Amendment need a rewrite in the era of Donald Trump? Should the rise of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups lead us to cut back the protection afforded to speech that expresses hatred and advocates violence, or otherwise undermines equality? If free speech exacerbates inequality, why doesn’t equality, also protected by the Constitution, take precedence?
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