#FreeSpeech in the News: April 17, 2017

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news - and what you should know about - this week.


“The best idea wins… There could be three or four video game stores in the local area, but if I happen to have the idea to put a Mario in front of mine and it draws more business, that’s exactly what the First Amendment is there to protect.”

An Inflatable Mario and a Free-Speech Lawsuit, Atlas Obscura


"The new proposed ordinance is slightly less draconian, but it suffers the same basic constitutional infirmity as the prior version: Instead of regulating the volume of expression on public sidewalks, it regulates the content of that expression, singling out street performance for unique burdens that are not imposed on other expression that may be equally loud."

ACLU: Proposed restrictions on city street musicians violate free speech, Chicago Tribune


“Some people have labeled us a hate group, but I think the majority of students at Harvard are pleased that we’re introducing some ideological diversity to campus.”

Harvard’s Free Speech Debate Takes a Rightward Turn, The Daily Beast


“The immediate lesson of the UCLA shout-down and the Claremont shut-down is that widespread condemnation by all sides of the Berkeley and Middlebury incidents has not restored campus free speech. On the contrary, America’s colleges continue their descent into low-grade anarchy.”

Understanding the Campus Free-Speech Crisis, National Review


“Our data-gathering exercise suggests that Mr. Murray’s speech was neither offensive nor even particularly conservative. It is not obvious, to put it mildly, that Middlebury students and faculty had a moral obligation to prevent Mr. Murray from airing these views in public.”

Charles Murray’s ‘Provocative’ Talk, The New York Times

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