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.

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