Free speech

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    Is It Censorship or Accountability?

    “Did you have a version of cancel culture when you were growing up?” he asked me. My 15-year-old son looked at me, waiting for my answer as we sat at a stoplight several weeks ago. I thought about it for a few seconds, not entirely sure there was something that resembled…
    Brooke Medina, September 22, 2021
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    Martin Center Column Questions Free-Speech ‘Dogma’

    Sumantra Maitra writes for the Martin Center about the debate surrounding free speech. “My most ‘illiberal’ claim is that all societies necessarily have standards. Even the freest of speech regimes has limits.” This is the claim of Michael Knowles in Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds, a fascinating new book…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on lawmakers sending a school anti-indoctrination bill to Gov. Roy Cooper. John Trump’s CJ Opinion highlights a distiller who’s interested in nurturing communities. Mark Herring’s CJ Opinion laments free-speech “bullies.”…
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2021
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    Martin Center Column Highlights Federal Bill to Boost Campus Free Speech

    Nicole Divers writes for the Martin Center about a bill on Capitol Hill that would boost campus free-speech protections. Last month, North Carolina Congressman Greg Murphy introduced federal legislation aimed at combating this censorship and protecting free speech rights at colleges and universities. The bill, the Campus Free Speech…
    Mitch Kokai, August 27, 2021
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    State data breach highlights need for extra nonprofit protections

    Cover Photo by Tianyi Ma on Unsplash  A document containing the personal information of nearly 85,000 current and former state employees was available on a state employee portal for over a year, according to a letter from the state Departments of Information Technology and…
    Leah Byers, August 16, 2021
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    Who’s Next?

    And now you know why 1984 is a bestseller in 2021. As I pointed out recently: Free speech and free thought. If we don’t defend them, we won’t have them. Here’s what George Washington University constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley has to say about the White House’s…
    Donna Martinez, July 21, 2021
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    1984 Is a Bestseller In 2021

     I saw this book prominently displayed in a bookstore a few days ago, and I was tempted to buy it. Again. I had a copy back in my college days, but it’s disappeared from my bookshelf. Today’s assault on speech and thought reminds me of the chilling society…
    Donna Martinez, July 13, 2021
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    “US Supreme Court hits a home run for civil rights”

    That’s the title of a recent piece by Civil rights leader Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. explaining why he is pleased with the US Supreme Court’s decision in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta: As a former executive director and CEO of the National Association for…
    Jon Guze, July 12, 2021