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Free Speech news and analysis from The Nation
March 29, 2017
Students and Farmworkers Are Teaming Up to Boot Wendy’s Off Their Campuses
The effort is part of a national campaign to pressure Wendy’s to improve their labor practices.
March 17, 2017
The Deeper Lessons of the Incident at Middlebury
The Manichean model of framing political conflicts polarizes public life, unravels the bonds of common citizenship, and doesn’t create a broad majority base for significant change.
Harry C. Boyte
March 14, 2017
Middlebury: Who Pays for Free Speech?
By offering Charles Murray not just a platform but also departmental sanction and a presidential introduction, Middlebury let down those students denigrated by his work.
March 3, 2017
A Memorial for Nat Hentoff
The journalist’s spirit of freewheeling dispute was very much in evidence.
February 7, 2017
What Might Mario Savio Have Said About the Milo Protest at Berkeley?
The 1960s Berkeley Free Speech Movement leader warned that freedom exercised irresponsibly or freedom repressed could “bring disgrace upon our university.”
February 6, 2017
Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement
An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.
January 19, 2017
We Can’t Just Protest Trump. We Must Defy Him.
Frances Fox Piven on strategies of protest, David Cole on freedom of speech, and Katha Pollitt on the Women’s March.
Start Making Sense
September 1, 2016
Who’s Behind the Right-Wing Assault on Public Universities?
A new documentary explores the hidden campaign to undermine state schools across America.
June 21, 2016
The MTA’s Ban on ‘Political’ Ads Has Turned It Into the Free-Speech Police
Should the New York City transportation agency, and others across the nation, be in the business of deciding what riders are allowed to see?
June 20, 2016
By Screening ‘The Magnitsky Act,’ the Newseum Stood Up for the First Amendment
Should ultra-wealthy foreign nationals be able to transform their personal vendettas against foreign governments into law?