Ep. 6: Freedom of Speech

The Ricochet Audio Network Freedom of Speech

At last we arrive at a Constitutional provision that everyone can feel good about: the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech. Even our liberal friends agree with unfettered free speech (well, except for corporations, abortion protestors, and climate change “deniers”). From UCLA Law School, Professor Eugene Volokh (founder of the invaluable Volokh Conspiracy blog) helps to illustrate the somewhat amorphous scope of free speech, but argues that “symbolic speech” and judicial balancing tests are consistent with original meaning. From the Institute for Justice, merry litigator Paul Sherman talks about the threat posed by government regulations that seek to control who can speak about certain topics. We don’t always agree with each others’ points, but we will defend to the death our right to make them.

Adam’s book, The Naked Constitution is now available! Order it here.

You can subscribe to this podcast by following the instructions here. Direct linkers, click here

Become a member today!

Join Ricochet to be part of the smartest and most civil conversation on the web.

  • Engage in great conversations on just about any topic on our exclusive Member Feed.
  • Write your own posts and let the world know what you think.
  • Interact with our contributors as well as fellow members.
  • Have your voice heard by opinion-makers and political insiders.
  • Attend our legendary Ricochet member meet-ups that take place all across the country and around the world.

Already a member?
Sign In