Tag free speech

Why Should Speech Be Free?

Timothy Garton Ash— The fact that most states in the world have signed international treaties guaranteeing freedom of expression, and make such promises in their constitutions, does not answer the question: why should speech be free? As soon as we start trying to hold governments to their word, or debate

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Tolerating Intolerance: Fanaticism and Free Speech

Stephen Eric Bronner— An old friend once told me that being a decent person means having a guilty conscience. And there was enough to feel guilty about as 2015 unfolded. Ethical uncertainty over how a liberal society should deal with the intolerant has become strikingly evident following the murders of four French

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The Social Media Myth

Philip N. Howard— Since the great tragedy of Charlie Hebdo, politicians and pundits around the world have succumbed to the notion that social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, are to blame for violent online extremism. They argue that social media is not only a conduit for terrorists it is

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Floyd Abrams: Friend of the First Amendment

Olivia Gall— A few weeks ago, I visited a restaurant where an employee acted very rudely towards me. Fuming, I went home and wrote a scathing Yelp review about the establishment.  Satisfied that justice had been served and that the entire online community could be made aware of the horrible

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Finkin and Post on the tenets of academic freedom

Though the nation’s college students may be contemplating a different kind of academic freedom at this time of year, Professors Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post have published a new book that outlines the rights of professors in the American university. That work, For the Common Good, served as

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Solove and the future of publishing

Posting about Yale Press’ foray into new media, the Freakonomics blog of the New York Times announced that the “free e-book movement has officially begun.” They cite Yale Press titles like The Future of Reputation by Daniel Solove and The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler as recent developments in

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YUP authors on FM radio

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, author of Hotel: An American History, appeared on WBUR Boston’s On Point to discuss “how America invented the hotel, and how the hotel invented America.” You can listen to the program–which aired on Thursday, December 13th–in Windows Media Player by clicking here, or with RealPlayer by clicking

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