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Free Speech news and analysis from The Nation
November 1, 2022
How Social Media Erases Context
Indiscriminate sharing has dissolved the boundaries between what we say and when and where we say it.
October 28, 2022
Propaganda’s Worst Enemy
Samizdat 2.0 is here, and so is the hope of change in Russians’ mindset.
August 15, 2022
The Long Shadow of the Fatwa
We don’t know the motives behind the attack on Rushdie yet, but it is just one more threat to his life in a series of them.
June 3, 2022
The Silenced Students in the “Free Speech” Debate
Marginalized people at universities across the country are trying to reframe the conversation around censorship and expression.
June 2, 2022
First Thought, Best Thought? Not for Elon Musk.
offloads comment moderation to Facebook and Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?
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May 27, 2022
Waging Proxy War in Ukraine Won’t Save Us From Ourselves
The policing of public opinion over Ukraine goes to extremes unimagined during the fight against Hitler.
May 3, 2022
We Cannot Rely on Billionaires to Create Necessary Guardrails on Social Media
Nothing makes the case for public ownership of online public spaces like a billionaire proposing to buy one.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
April 14, 2022
We Can’t Let Billionaires Control Major Communications Platforms
Elon Musk may not be sitting on Twitter’s board, but he remains its largest shareholder—and that’s bad news.
March 30, 2022
Across the Country, Faculty Fight to Defend Academic Freedom
Displaying an unprecedented solidarity, the academic community is mobilizing to confront an existential assault on its professional work and values.
December 28, 2021
These Progressives Fought the Good Fight in 2021—and Gave Us Hope for 2022
For a year that saw progress come slowly and presidential approval ratings decline, these progressives held the line, speaking truth to power, defending democracy, and showing up for the American people.