Category Archives: Politics

Counterpoint: The case for restricting hate speech

Laura Beth Nielsen writes in the LA Times: As s a sociologist and legal scholar, I struggle to explain the boundaries of free speech to undergraduates. Despite the 1st Amendment—I tell my students—local, state, and federal laws limit all kinds of … Continue reading

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Immigration Has Changed the Progressive Movement

Jason Richwine writes that Immigration Has Changed the Progressive Movement Peter Beinart has an excellent essay in The Atlantic on how the American Left has shifted on immigration. Just a decade ago, he writes, progressive intellectuals such as Glenn Greenwald, Paul … Continue reading

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Free Speech Isn’t Always a Tool of Virtue

More on free speech, this time from Jonah Goldberg in Free Speech Isn’t Always a Tool of Virtue: There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, … Continue reading

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Knocking down the ‘wall of separation’ between church & state

h/t Ian Tuttle in Bernie Sanders, Theocrat: Between Vought and Farron, one can get a sense of the bizarre position in which many orthodox religious believers find themselves today: that of having their views dictated to them by people who … Continue reading

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8-0 Matal v. Tam decision

h/t David French writing at NRO: The Court has long held that the Constitution protects all but the narrowest categories of speech. Yet time and again, governments (including colleges) have tried to regulate “offensive” speech. Time and again, SCOTUS has defended free expression. … Continue reading

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Political violence

Some of the more confounding political arguments I had in grad school were with friends across the aisle who tried to argue that a major difference between the Right and Left is that the former were violent while the latter … Continue reading

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The Age of Unilateral Rule

Rich Lowry in The Age of Unilateral Rule The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the past six years of the Obama administration, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in the … Continue reading

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