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Free Speech news and analysis from The Nation
November 16, 2017
RT Was Forced to Register as a Foreign Agent
And too many free-speech advocates and journalists have been silent about it.
September 26, 2017
Fearlessly Speaking Truth to Power
The examples of Manning and Kaepernick show some of America’s most powerful institutions treating the truth as an inconvenience or, worse, an enemy to defeat.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
September 11, 2017
The UNC Board Bans a Prominent Civil-Rights Center From Litigating
Under a new policy, the University of North Carolina’s Center for Civil Rights is forbidden from representing minority and low-income clients in court.
September 8, 2017
Why Berkeley’s Battle Against White Supremacy Is Not About Free Speech
The alt-right’s First Amendment narratives just give cover to campaigns of intimidation.
September 5, 2017
The Messy Business of Free Speech
What’s missing from Floyd Abrams’s book
The Soul of the First Amendment
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August 9, 2017
Activists Are Rallying for Colin Kaepernick, but Aiming Far Higher Than One Man’s Career
Protesters will rally
for racial justice and free speech outside the NFL headquarters on August 23.
May 26, 2017
Hillary Clinton Roasts the Toxic Trump Administration in a Remarkable Speech
“When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society.”
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.