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City’s assault on tax critics’ free speech rights is appealed to Supreme Court

City’s assault on tax critics’ free speech rights is appealed to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review the law establishing San Ramon’s facilities tax on property owners, because it violates First Amendment and Due Process rights by penalizing members of the public if they successfully repeal it. The petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court was just filed by attorneys with Pacific Legal […]

California University Embraces Free Speech After Threatened With Lawsuit

California University Embraces Free Speech After Threatened With Lawsuit

A university has updated its free speech policies following a lawsuit filed by a conservative speaker whose event was almost cancelled at the school. Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire and his partner organization, Young America’s Foundation, sued California State University, Los Angeles, after a virtual riot broke out at his scheduled speaking engagement. […]

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE — The Perils of Milo

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE — The Perils of Milo

. By L. Neil Smith Milo Yiannopoulos is a young man of parts. He is decidedly British. His name is decidedly Greek. His mother was Jewish. He was brought up Roman Catholic. He is flamboyantly, explosively gay, a Second Amendment enthusiast, and a libertarian-leaning conservative (or a conservative-leaning libertarian; the situation seems to be fluid) […]

Does Berkeley’s Teachers Union Support Free Speech to Suppress Free Speech?

Does Berkeley’s Teachers Union Support Free Speech to Suppress Free Speech?

By ED RING “There is no free speech for fascists. They do not have the right to organize for genocide.” –  Yvette Felarca, as reported by Frances Dinkelspiel writing for Berkeleyside, Nov. 2, 2016 Most anyone who follows current events is familiar with the riots at UC Berkeley that stopped a planned February 1st appearance by […]

‘Milo Bill’ sponsored by Tennessee Republicans would protect freedom of speech at states colleges

‘Milo Bill’ sponsored by Tennessee Republicans would protect freedom of speech at states colleges

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos and other controversial figures would be welcomed to speak at colleges in Tennessee if the state legislature approves a bill proposed by Republican lawmakers this week. State Rep. Martin Daniel and Sen. Joey Hensley introduced the “Tennessee Freedom of Speech on College Campus Bill” on Thursday in an effort to prevent […]

Hey Antifa: Free Speech is Not Negotiable

Hey Antifa: Free Speech is Not Negotiable

. By Thomas L. Knapp On February 1, a gang of violent thugs managed to shut down a speech scheduled to take place at the University of California at Berkeley, metaphorically making the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s  into that movement’s grave site. The scheduled speaker, sponsored by the campus’s student […]

Protests force cancellation of speech by Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley

Protests force cancellation of speech by Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — A speech by conservative firebrand and British writer Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday amid violent protests that sparked a fire in a campus plaza. University officials called off the event about two hours before Yiannopoulos was to speak at the student union, where more than […]

Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, Hands Off My Flag

Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, Hands Off My Flag

. By Thomas L. Knapp “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag,” writes US president-elect Donald Trump in one of his patented incendiary (pun intended) tweets. “[I]f they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” You’ve probably heard all the arguments for and against a flag-burning […]

The Virtue of Selfies-ness: Libertarians Fight for Free Speech at the Ballot Box

The Virtue of Selfies-ness: Libertarians Fight for Free Speech at the Ballot Box

By Thomas L. Knapp It’s finally election time — as I write this, early voting is already under way in many states. You may have already voted. Even if haven’t, you probably know who you’re voting for. But if you live in Colorado, it’s illegal to tell anyone who you voted for, or who you […]

Federal Appeals Court rules that IRS still targeting conservative groups 

Federal Appeals Court rules that IRS still targeting conservative groups 

By Michael Hernandez WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Friday in a 3-0 unanimous decision reversed a 2014 lower district court ruling that previously dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2013 against the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups. The appeals court found that the IRS had committed some “unconstitutional […]