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What are today’s greatest threats to free speech?

free speech

What are the greatest threats to free speech? A recent free-speech discussion co-sponsored by the Newseum Institute and Spiked magazine posed that question. Here are my choices.
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State of the First Amendment — as others see it

There’s no doubt that a huge number of Americans are unable to name the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment — national survey results each year since 1997 sadly leave little doubt about that circumstance.
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Survey: Americans say it’s OK to take down ‘that flag’

Confederate battle flag

The Confederate battle flag is coming down in South Carolina, on store shelves and on license plates, and for most Americans, that’s just fine, even if we differ over its meaning. And therein is the real change.
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New Thought on ‘the Flag’ – and a New Lyric Line for ‘Dixie’

State of the First Amendment 2015

A new survey shows that a majority of all Americans agree with banning the Confederate battle flag from license plates, public buildings and store shelves.
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Poll Shows Disconnect Between Public Opinion and Supreme Court Over License Plates

State of the First Amendment 2015

Public opinion and the U.S. Supreme Court disagree when it comes to whether a state can deny a specialty license plate to a group that wishes to display the Confederate flag.
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Where should we bar the Confederate flag — and not?

South Carolina Statehouse

The court’s verdict is in – and it’s one rooted in the First Amendment, even if the decision is to retire a bit of expressive speech, the Confederate battle flag, from public view.
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