This Week on Trump and The First Amendment

This week was a dark one if you consider the U.S. president and his openly racist attitude toward people of the Islam faith. On Wednesday, Trump retweeted three videos which appeared to involve Muslim migrants abusing white people. These videos were endorsed by the British Ultranationalist group, Britain First. The titles of the videos retweeted... Continue Reading →

Free Speech For All

Chapter 10 of Lewis Freedom for the Thought That We Hate, discusses hate speech and I found it alarming that The United States differs from all other Western societies in its legal treatment of hate speech. In eleven countries it is crime to deny the Holocaust, yet in America we have free expression and the... Continue Reading →

Speech turned Violent at UCONN

Just the other day, the College Republicans at the University of Connecticut invited the White House Correspondent for the right-wing Gateway Pundit website, Lucian Wintrich to speak. His speech was titled, “It’s OK to be white”.  100 people attended, many of whom shouted “Go, home, Nazi” over him as he tried to speak. I definitely... Continue Reading →

Censure vs. Censor: Trump toes a precarious line 

  News response: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/us/politics/trump-cnn-first-amendment.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FFirst%20Amendment%20(US%20Constitution)&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection Freedom of speech and freedom of press typically go hand in hand, but for Trump they often clash. Case in point, Trump recently called CNN out via Twitter (not for the first time, of course). On November 25 he Tweeted: “@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN,... Continue Reading →

The Right to Offend

Colleges and Universities are beginning to realize that they were given an impossible task. They must figure out how to balance their universities goals while also making sure that students are able to have their rights. This is especially daunting for colleges because in order for the college to be successful it must create a... Continue Reading →

The Influence of Telecommunications Agencies

A few days ago, Trump’s appointed chairman to the FCC, Ajit Pai proposed a bill that seriously jeopardizes net neutrality. The bill would essentially make major communications agencies such as, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, capable of controlling internet for users. This regulation would look like higher or slower internet speeds depending on content, higher premium prices... Continue Reading →

Thanks, Snowden. Unfortunately, we don’t Care.

Me: The government is and has the capacity to watch our every move through massive surveillance programming and support from communications agencies. Everything you type, search, send, snap, post, record, call, and potentially think - if we become some sort of Orwellian fiction-  is collected metadata that could potentially be used against you in every... Continue Reading →

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