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.
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?
After the tragic violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia…
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