• Is The Confederate Flag Free Speech?
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    Is The Confederate Flag Free Speech?

    In March, 2015, the Supreme Court heard arguments about Texas’s ban on confederate flag license plates and whether the ban is in violation of the First amendment. 2015 marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War, and some have argued that the southern confederate flag is a symbol of national shame and institutionalized racism. So, do states have the right to ban the confederate flag? Well, the question is being posed by a group known as the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Their logo, which includes the confederate flag, has been approved for use on nine other state license plates. The group has also attempted to have a former…

  • Unlawful and Un-American: How our leaders are attacking your First Amendment rights
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    Unlawful and Un-American: How our leaders are attacking your First Amendment rights

    No American should fear being singled out and harassed by a government official who takes a different point of view on public policy questions. President Obama’s Justice Department may be going after your business if he does not like the way you think about global warming. Democratic attorneys general for more than a dozen states fired off subpoenas seeking decades of records from climate change skeptics, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute. What’s happened here is unlawful and it’s un-American. This is what happens when you can’t win a debate. They couldn’t pass it through Congress, so instead they’re imposing their agenda on everyone else. And our first reaction was “Hell…

  • Understand Free Speech Law in 6 Minutes
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    Understand Free Speech Law in 6 Minutes

    freedom of expression it’s one of our most cherished rights one of the things that makes America America the right to say whatever you want to everyone of course you can’t say just anything you want to, right? there are rules about these things, but this isn’t just any old area the law this involves the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so what are the rules? what can you and can’t you say? when is the government allowed to interfere with your right to free speech? let’s spend a little time talking about some of the basic law here first the amendment itself is pretty clear and short Congress…

  • Positive Rights vs. Negative Rights – Learn Liberty
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    Positive Rights vs. Negative Rights – Learn Liberty

    One reason there’s a lot of confusion about rights from both liberals and conservatives is that there are different sorts of rights. Besides the distinction between legal and moral rights, we also need to distinguish the different sorts of claims the assertion of a right makes. Philosophers generally use the expressions negative rights and positive rights to express these distinctions. Now there’s nothing evaluative about these terms. It’s not negative in a bad way. These are precise terms that philosophers use to make an important distinction. So let’s see if we can explore it. Consider this claim: I have the right to go to the store and get a lottery…

  • New Anti-Protest Laws Sweeping The US: Fines, Felonies & Freedom of Speech…
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    New Anti-Protest Laws Sweeping The US: Fines, Felonies & Freedom of Speech…

    (upbeat dance music) – Hello, hello. Welcome back to Rogue Rocket. My name is Philip DeFranco and today we’re gonna be talking about protests and, specifically, the right to protest in the United States. Under the First Amendment of the US Constitution I am guaranteed the ability to free speech. But, also, that same amendment includes the right to peaceably assemble, which includes protesting. But, over the past three years more than 100 bills have been introduced across 36 states to restrict protests or increase penalties for protesters and organizers alike. And many of these tie back to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests that you might remember making headlines back…

  • Guardian Borrows First Amendment Protection from New York Times to Report on NSA
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    Guardian Borrows First Amendment Protection from New York Times to Report on NSA

    really offsets Edward snowed in had contacted Glenn Greenwald to get him the NSA documents and when Glenn Greenwald configure our or didn’t want to bother with going to this whole encryption process for something that might have not have been even legitimate he contacted lar Porteous and low point yes got to Glenn Greenwald and really claim the two of them work together and they were convinced at that point that aristotle was the real deal and the Guardian got this story the Guardian is a uk-based newspaper but they have many different I’m you know offices or bureaus throughout the year the world and the new york Guardian…

  • Privacy & Freedom of the Press
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    Privacy & Freedom of the Press

    Welcome, all of you to Columbia Law School for the 2017 Federalist Society National Student Symposium. It is an honor, truly an honor, looking out at this room and seeing, wow, from what I can understand more than 600 people registered for this important convening, and it’s truly an honor for Columbia to be able to host it for the first time since 2006. So we welcome you all here, you are our honored guests. I’m particularly pleased to welcome our distinguished panelists this evening and presenters, especially members of the Federal Judiciary who are here and will be helping to moderate discussions over the next two days. And I…

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    Privacy & Freedom of the Press

    Welcome, all of you to Columbia Law School for the 2017 Federalist Society National Student Symposium. It is an honor, truly an honor, looking out at this room and seeing, wow, from what I can understand more than 600 people registered for this important convening, and it’s truly an honor for Columbia to be able to host it for the first time since 2006. So we welcome you all here, you are our honored guests. I’m particularly pleased to welcome our distinguished panelists this evening and presenters, especially members of the Federal Judiciary who are here and will be helping to moderate discussions over the next two days. And I…

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    Privacy & Freedom of the Press

    Welcome, all of you to Columbia Law School for the 2017 Federalist Society National Student Symposium. It is an honor, truly an honor, looking out at this room and seeing, wow, from what I can understand more than 600 people registered for this important convening, and it’s truly an honor for Columbia to be able to host it for the first time since 2006. So we welcome you all here, you are our honored guests. I’m particularly pleased to welcome our distinguished panelists this evening and presenters, especially members of the Federal Judiciary who are here and will be helping to moderate discussions over the next two days. And I…