Are “Hate” and “Racist’’ Speech Protected by the Constitution?

By |2019-11-12T15:10:52-06:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Featured, First Amendment, Free Speech, Supreme Court|

Freedom of speech and press is the lifeblood of a free society. And the abuse of free speech, however outrageous, is the price we must pay for this freedom... Recently, I was asked by a federal judge to appear on a panel of three at an Inns of Court in Houston on the topic, “Free [...]

The Lie of the Open Society

By |2019-03-16T10:19:41-05:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Apology, Conservatism, Crito, Featured, Free Speech, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Plato, Willmoore Kendall|

II John Locke The related problems of “the public orthodoxy” and “the open society” were major concerns of  Willmoore Kendall throughout his professional career. In his reappraisal of John Locke in 1941, Kendall’s Locke emerged as an exponent of the public orthodoxy as expressed through the majority. As Kendall sees it, in Lockean thought, “In [...]

Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?

By |2020-09-02T23:45:34-05:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Democracy, England, Featured, Free Speech, History, Joseph Pearce|

You are aware, are you not, that there was this chap called Oliver Cromwell who came after Shakespeare and brought democracy to England, including—ultimately—free speech. Anybody wishing to understand the nonsense that prevails in the present need only consider the nonsense that many people believe about the past. Indeed it would not be an [...]

Charlie Hebdo: Must We Either Love Him or Shoot Him?

By |2015-01-25T19:18:47-06:00January 26th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Free Speech, Islam, Religion|

Something important and fundamental has been lost in conflicting responses to the terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The official western response has been absolute identification with the magazine (“I am Charlie Hebdo”), while all too many Islamic groups have even openly refused to condemn this act of radical [...]

Our (Not So) Free Society

By |2014-10-21T20:17:02-05:00October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Free Speech, Religion|

“I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.” Yeah, right. There was a time when this saying, often attributed to the French philosophe Voltaire, was taken as a kind of American credo. Free and open debate, most of us thought, was [...]

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