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Matt suggests that Walker is almost certainly overreaching in his politically selective attacks on the collective bargaining rights of public employees. As the protests continue, the polling data backs this up. However, these observers with their “scientific public opinion surveys” are missing the bigger picture that can be found by “projecting one’s own reactionary authoritarianism […]
Since we seem to be getting some Althouse defenders in comments here, I suppose I should expand on a couple points: There are, indeed, “free speech” principles that go beyond simple government censorship.  When people are fired for expressing political views or having political associations that aren’t relevant to their job performance, this is bad […]

Yet More Williams

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On October 21, 2010
In response to Jon Chait and his many other defenders, I think it’s worth making a few points about the Williams firing. Let’s start off by assuming, arguendo, that his comments were objectionable (which they were) but not in and of themselves a firable offense, and also leave aside questions of a double standard. Does […]

Libel laws

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On February 26, 2010

Like any good traitorous socialist lefty, I am supposed to treat European culture and politics as decidedly superior to the American alternative. And I often do! But on the subject of libel laws, it s

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Court Upholds FCC’s Draconian Speech Restrictions

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On April 28, 2009
The Supreme Court today held — in a 5-4 decisions along predictable ideological lines — that an FCC regulatory change that made broadcasters legally liable for broadcasting even fleeting, isolated swear words was legal. It was an administrative law, not a First Amendment case, as the Court declined to address the free speech issue. (Both […]

Conceded

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On April 24, 2009

I haven’t considered the issue enough to know what I think of the (plausible) commercial speech arguments put forward by 5CA, but I will say that the idea of licensing regimes for interior desig

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