The Long Fall of Robert Mugabe

Today, November 21, 2017, will go down in African history as Zimbabwe’s second Independence Day, as the nation’s only leader to this point, 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, resigned in a letter to the country’s Parliament just as they were in the midst of impeachment proceedings. Crowds in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, have been in riotous celebrations ever since the news broke earlier today, as their 37-year quest to seek new leadership in their artificially-impoverished nation has finally come to fruition.Read More »

III. “The Only Remedy to be Applied is More Speech”

“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”

–   Justice Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California


Before getting into the meat of this section, I have a simple question for you to consider: since the defeat of the Third Reich in 1945, has the United States or any American state ever been governed by a party or individual that has openly espoused fascist or Nazi ideology?Read More »

II. “Particularly Controversial or Unpopular Entities”

“It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something many people find at least reasonable. But the defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is one most people find repulsive. That was true when the Nazis marched in Skokie. It remains true today.”

ACLU Statement, August 2000


Now that I’ve gone through a less-than-concise legal history of the First Amendment in the 20th Century, let’s talk about an organization that has made its own impact on the popular understanding of free speech and assembly in the United States: the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU. Read More »