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Free Speech

The right to free speech is one of the most basic rights in a free society.  In the United States, this right is enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution ("Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.").  The right is also included in the major international human rights treaties

Yet, the principles of free speech are constantly under attack from both the right and (to a lesser extent) from the left.  Here are a few examples:

Flag Burning

John Ashcroft

Campus Speech Codes

 

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