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George Washington v. Fundamentalists

On the Swedenborgs. From a modern fundamentalist website:

Hello All, Ed asked me to blog for him for this week and I was honored he asked. Yesterday was a historic day for the country. It’s also revealing and to some extent befuddling. I was going to publish some observations looking at the roll call and geographical map of the vote results; but I…

Protecting the Children

When you hear someone shriek that we need to “protect the children” (like Maude Flanders or was it Rev. Lovejoy’s wife?) as justification for a law or policy, you can be pretty sure that liberty is about to be impinged. After all, what was Socrates executed for? Corrupting the minds of the children. With that…

Libertarianism and Federalism

Stephen Kinsella and Timothy Sandefur have had a long running feud over some basic matters of libertarian legal theory, a feud that Kinsella has now brought me in to with this post on the Mises Institute blog. The crux of the dispute revolves around the issue of federalism and it highlights a very basic split…

More European Free Speech Limits?

A London newspaper reports that Germany wants to introduce a new EU-wide law banning holocaust denial. Germany intends to introduce a Europe-wide law banning the display of Nazi symbols and making denial of the Holocaust a crime to fulfil its “historical obligation” 62 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Brigitte Zypries, the Justice Minister, will…

Bollinger Wraps Up Columbia Controversy

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has issued a public statement about what the university has done in response to the appalling disruption of a speech by Jim Gilchrist. Though I and others were critical of their handling of the situation in the weeks after the incident, this letter spells out some changes in policy…

More Free Speech Problems at MSU

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has released a report on a program at Michigan State for handling students who engage in unapproved speech. To call it appalling would be an understatement. The problem is a program called SAC, the Student Accountability in Community seminar. Students who violate the university’s speech code in…

South Holland, Illinois, a small suburb of Chicago, has blocked Comcast on Demand from their town in order to prevent people in that town from ordering pornographic movies via their cable system. It’s not likely to survive a court challenge: Harvey Grossman, legal director of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union said the franchise agreement…

I criticized Newt Gingrich the other day for his absurd claim that we need to limit free speech in order to stop terrorism. Keith Olbermann says what I wish I had said. I’ll post the full comment below the fold:

Newt Gingrich is thinking of running for president in 2008. That means time spent in New Hampshire, where he recently spoke to 400 people at the Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment award dinner. And at a reception honoring those who fight for the first amendment, of all places, he announces that it’s time to reinterpret…