Free Speech

Free Speech on Trial: Can the Government Force Private Companies to Censor Users?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Murthy v. Missouri concerning whether the government can force or nudge private companies to censor users on behalf of regime priorities.

Kerry’s Demand for Censorship

Kerry’s Demand for Censorship

John Kerry has gained control of the Bush campaign and has, psychologically and strategically if not yet literally, won the presidential election. While Kerry's own party systematically decimates Bush's competence and character for daring to actually use military...

Rush Limbaugh and Racial Censorship

Rush Limbaugh and Racial Censorship

It is one of the sad signs of our times that a furor was created because Rush Limbaugh expressed an opinion as to why a particular quarterback seemed to him to be over-rated. In his view, it was because the powers that be in professional football were anxious to have...

Campaign Finance Limits Violate Free Speech

Earlier this year President Bush risked the lives of American military personnel to end Iraq's tyrannical regime--a dictatorship that not only restricted the actions of Iraqis but also silenced them from speaking their mind. It is ironic that President Bush led...

Free Speech Protects Profit-Makers, Too

For a century after the Civil War, blacks in America's South were subjected to shameful acts of oppression and violence. Deprived of voice and vote, they had no choice but to suffer mutely as they were scurrilously attacked. Two California-based lawsuits indicate that...

First Amendment Bull: Tim Robbins vs. Free Speech

Lately, it seems as if almost every week some leftist celebrity finds the time and energy to publicly demonstrate their gross misunderstanding of a simple two-word phrase: "free speech." Although few people expect them to be literate enough to read the second...

Nike, Free Speech and the Constitution

Nike v. Kasky presents the Supreme Court with an opportunity to undo some of the constitutional damage resulting from the so-called "commercial speech doctrine," the Court's test for deciding whether self-interested speech is entitled to First Amendment protection....

Dixie Chicks in the Frying Pan, but Free Speech Isn’t

Dixie Chicks lead clucker Natalie Maines has fans wanting to kick her in the tail feathers. Cumulus Broadcasting is even banning the Chicks from all its 260 stations. Some have suggested, however, that the Cumulus decision violates Maines' First Amendment rights. "I...

Permission to Speak: The End of Free Speech

Two recent events show the real meaning of two popular ideas: "hate speech" regulations and campaign finance controls. The real meaning of both is the end of free speech. The first story comes from Canada, where "hate speech" laws are already on the books. Last week,...

The Canadian Government vs. Free Speech

There are two principles that taken together are the cornerstone of freedom. One is that an individual has a right to his life. The other is that an individual has the right to speak uncoerced. Today, the 2nd right is under threat in Canada. According to Ray Girn,...

Censorship in Canada

Censorship in Canada

The University of Toronto Objectivist Club is having an event this Sunday entitled "The Moral Case for Supporting Israel". The club ordered from the Ayn Rand Institute 350 complimentary copies of a pamphlet entitled "In Moral Defense of Israel". (PDF). Yesterday...

Corporate Scandals: Where the Real Accountability Lies

Corporate Scandals: Where the Real Accountability Lies

By centralizing how accounting must be performed, Congress is trying to control the quality and content of information necessary for the markets to function properly. Once information is in the hands of the government, it’s only a short walk to actually dictating and managing outcomes.

“Campaign Finance Reform” Regulates Free Speech

“Campaign Finance Reform” Regulates Free Speech

The Enron scandal was welcomed like an unexpected Christmas present by Democrats who, together with much of the media, have tried to tie the scandal to the Bush administration. However, as more and more information has come out about Enron, it has become clear that...

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