free speech

The Creepy and Creeping Power of Social Media

Ned Ryun, American Greatness

A healthy, thriving democracy is defined by rigorous debates, in the public arena, in public venues, on public platforms. The Internet is the modern day forum or agora, a place of open assembly and venue for free expression of thought and ideas, but often times social media companies do more to restrict speech than open our society.

Liberal Lies And Slanders Are A Slippery Slope To Trouble

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Being unable to convince the normals that they have nothing to lose but their chains, our liberal pals have simply given up on the idea of convincing anyone of anything at all. Instead, they are opting for the hitting-over-the-head solution, except their clubs are not wooden. Their clubs are institutional and cultural. They seek to eliminate our ability to speak – that’s the de-platforming part of their scheme. They want to eliminate any venues for dissenting argument.

Viguerie + Sixty-Two Conservative Leaders Demand Facebook End Discrimination Against Conservatives

Facebook official Campbell Brown, a former anchor on NBC and CNN, told attendees at a recent conference that Facebook would be censoring news publishers based on its own internal biases. Now CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie and 62 other conservative leaders have demanded an end to the censorship of conservatives.

Abolishing Campaign Contribution Limits

Richard W. Rahn, Washington Times

General Electric used to own NBC, which was a very different line of business from its much larger traditional industrial manufacturing activities. What is to stop any business (e.g. “Joe’s Hog Farm”) from setting up a little media unit which it can use for political advocacy while running old documentaries for cover? The Internet age allows almost anyone to set up their own Internet broadcast network, making the old campaign finance restrictions almost impossible to police. The correct solution is to get rid of the hypocrisy and let unlimited free speech for everyone to flourish.

Violent Left Shuts Down Conservative Speakers In Wisconsin And Minnesota

Imagine for a moment that every time the baby-killers of Planned Parenthood announced that one of its leaders was speaking, pro-life conservatives threatened the venue with violence and tried to intimidate employees of any co-sponsors of the event. Such conduct would be labeled terrorism, but for the violent Left and their Muslim allies it is business as usual.

They Take the Second Amendment First and the First Amendment Second

Kurt Schlicter, Townhall

Liberals love the idea of shutting up the opposition. Today, it’s through intimidation. Tomorrow, it’ll be through the government. It all starts with guns. Once your Second Amendment rights are gone, do you think the liberals will suddenly decide to be more respectful of your First Amendment rights? Or do you think they will accelerate their campaign to strip you of the civil rights that remain the last obstacle to their total control?

Corporations Endanger Free Speech with Ingraham Boycott

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What is going on is more precisely a mass display of political correctness augmented by fear.  The groupthink among elites in our culture has become so severe that now even corporate CEOs, who once tended to be pragmatic, do not dare brook the conventional pieties of liberal/progressive thought. This urge to conform is so strong that it overrides the obvious: that boycotting might be against their business interest. These corporations are insulting a vast percentage of their clientele, those same people that made Roseanne the biggest television hit in years last week.

Democrats Want To Repeal The First And Second Amendments

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, a liberal appointed by establishment Republican President Gerald R. Ford, yesterday penned an op-ed in the New York Times calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment and the idea is embraced by the same progressives that just a few years ago wanted to change the First Amendment to limit free speech.

Defenders of free speech can't disarm

Editors, Washington Examiner

We have in this country an urgent live debate over whether free speech and liberalism more generally is good or has run its course. That’s unsurprising, as these are new ideas on a historical scale. No other country honors free speech the way we do. Some people want us all to quit harping on the issue. But we won't, and we shouldn't. It’s far too important for that.

And Don’t You Dare Disagree — Hear?!!

William Murchison, The American Spectator

We’ve long since as Americans lost any intuition regarding what it means to disagree without throwing rocks or calling names. The founders had something else in mind when they wrote free speech into the Constitution as a guarantee of… speech! Imagine: words, clauses, paragraphs setting forth ideas, notions, arguments. Things for people to think about; to engage with, as a substitute for engaging others on the field of battle.

The Trillion-Dollar Chameleon

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Today, five companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) — have a collective worth of more than $3 trillion. Yet such transnational companies remain mostly exempt from the sort of regulations and accountability faced by most other industries. Politicians are understandably afraid of turning a golden goose into a sick hen. Without taxable trillion-dollar revenues from Facebook, Google, and Apple, a dysfunctional, cash-strapped California would likely go broke. The result is that high tech has become is a brilliant chameleon — invisible in plain sight.

Digital Tyrants Enable Political Tyrants

The internet was once hailed as the ultimate channel for free expression and democratizing the world, but the worldwide web’s promise of unlimited free expression is being quickly eroded by the alliance between political tyrants anxious to retain their power and digital tyrants anxious to retain their power – and make money.

Violencing Politics, Speech, and Religion

The Constitution creates a system of regular and non-violent transition of political power. However, in the view of the anti-constitutional left it seems violence is a justifiable response to losing political power.

The Sky Isn’t Falling — We Just Think It Is

William Murchison, The American Spectator

No constitutional provision requires that free speech be conducted rationally — which, in the days before flag-burnings and knee-takings, was pretty much OK. In our era of endless, angry speech, fueled by more media sources than anyone can count, or would want to, spirits and expectations droop, and the world seems an awful place because… well, because so many communicators say it is. I exercise my own right of free speech to say it’s not. Not yet at least.

Monument Madness

John Fund, National Review

No one doubts the sincerity of many of the people who are calling for the removal of monuments. But in a free society, censorship and the sandblasting of history carries a price. The slope between caring for the feelings and sensibilities of some and enshrining a form of cultural authoritarianism is both slippery and sloping steeply downward.

The real threat to our republic is the Orwellian Antifa

Ned Ryun, The Hill

The violence we are seeing on the streets is not the result of the alt-right movement, but of the Antifa movement imposing their views on our society: tearing down statues, burning the American flag, shutting down town hall meetings, destroying private property and looting. All of it tactical toward achieving the goals of destroying the American culture, society and economy. Never mind that the tactics are themselves the tactics of the fascist.

Alinsky Politicians and Press Create Dangerous Anti-First Amendment Environment

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, CNS News

A free speech rally this weekend in the Cradle of Liberty, Boston, and planned in July before the Charlottesville, Virginia clashes over Confederate monuments, was cut short by leftwing counter-protesters. This ought to say enough about the sad state of affairs for the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly. The First Amendment right of peaceable assembly has been with us for over two centuries but it makes little difference to left-wing activist groups.

GOP Senate Must Confirm Trump’s Conservative Nominees

It is unconscionable that a Republican Senate majority would facilitate the Far Left’s efforts to continue Obama's policies by not confirming immediately Trump nominees Ajit Pai and Russell Vought.

The Snowflakes of Google

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Will people turn away to the search engines of companies more attuned with the Bill of Rights and less anxious to be "thought police"? When we talk about diversity from here on in, let's talk about real diversity -- "diversity of thought."  It's the THOUGHT that counts. Forget the sex thing. Forget the race thing. It doesn't even exist.

Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager Film to Expose Silliness of Safe Spaces and Snowflakes

“This is a story that must be told because the future of our country literally depends on what happens on these campuses,” said Dennis Prager. “If these students don’t understand the very concept of free speech, our whole nation is in trouble.”