Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt on Lincoln and Free Speech

On May 16, 1918 Congress passed an amendment to the Espionage Act of 1917,  This Amendment is known to history as The Espionage Act of 1918.  Here is the text:   Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall

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Donald R. McClarey

The Truth Tends to Be Offensive

Jordan Peterson and Bill Maher discuss the fact that debating important ideas always involves offense, or the potential of offense.  Language advisory as to the below video.  One of the more pernicious taboos of our time is that ideas should

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Niall Ferguson

    Freedom is rarely killed off by people chanting “Down with Freedom!” It is killed off by people claiming that the greater good/the general will/the community/the proletariat requires “examination of the parameters” (or some such cant phrase) of individual

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Free Speech for Me But Not For Thee

  My favorite liberal, Nat Hentoff, takes aim at the campus brownshirts seeking to eradicate free speech: Hostility to the exercise of free speech on American college campuses is nothing new. But what happened at Yale University, the University of

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: George Will

If you believe, as progressives do, that human nature is not fixed, and hence is not a basis for understanding natural rights. And if you believe, as progressives do, that human beings are soft wax who receive their shape from

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Indoctrination

  I have always been pretty conservative.  Well, at least since the age of seven when I backed Barry Goldwater in 1964.  In college I often clashed with liberal professors.  I recall one education professor who went off on a leftist

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Something Rotten in Denmark and the West

Coming soon to a city near you? Police in Copenhagen say they have shot dead a man they believe was behind two deadly attacks in the Danish capital hours earlier. Police say they killed the man in the Norrebro district

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Blaming the Victims

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is fuzzy on this whole free speech thing: Bill Donohue comments on the killing of 12 people at the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo: Killing in response to insult, no matter how

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Democrat Attempts to Gut First Amendment

    The contemporary left gives lip service to freedom of speech, but where they are in power they actively seek to ban the speech of those who disagree with them.  We see this clearly on campuses where speech codes,

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Do We Have Free Speech?

I dislike mentioning the First Amendment when controversies like the Phil Robertson versus A&E brewhaha break out. After all, the First Amendment applies only to Congress (and the Supreme Court has ruled [incorrectly, if you ask me] that it applies

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Government, the Biggest Bully of All

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his

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Shut Up, They Explained

        Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy takes a look at a bill in Minnesota that would have caused many of my classmates back in my school days to stand mute.     use of one or

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This is the Way Freedom Dies

    Canada no longer has freedom of speech.  The Supreme Court of Canada killed it: In Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, the Supreme Court decided that born-again Christian William Whatcott was guilty of hate-speech for distributing flyers to

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Free Speech and the Left

 Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. Abraham Lincoln One of the more refreshing aspects of the fallout in the wake of the Cairo and Benghazi

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Cardinal George on “Chicago Values”

Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago is alleged to have predicted that for upholding the teachings of Christ he will die in his bed, his successor will die in a prison cell, and his successor will be executed in a

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Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  I guess some public schools must not be quite clear on the First Amendment.  Jerry Buell is a 22 year veteran social studies teacher at Mount Dora high school in Florida, and he was teacher of

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A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You

In yet another effort to remain relevant to our political discourse, David Frum is partnering with William Galston to launch a new project that is sure to to revolutionize politics in much the same way the New Majority Frum Forum

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