The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse

There is a good chance American enemies of American free speech will shortly mount a sustained and successful effort to drastically reduce American speech freedoms.

Americans generally do not appreciate the United States’ astonishing free speech regime, particularly compared to the historical bastions of political liberalism in Western Europe.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I just want to thank all of you.
    In a couple of weeks I am going to a dark and lonely place for work.
    You’re all amazing, even when I disagree with you.

    • Is there no communication with the outside, where you’re going?

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I will have an internet connection.
        I’m going to work on the northern end of our transmission system.
        But, I am going to be lonely for a while until I get used to it.
        Won’t be forever.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Dance, you are reminding me of my own mindset in the weeks prior to leaving for a four-month stay in Alaska in winter. In the end, that contract came to an end, as all things do. In hindsight, it really was not so bad. I learned to play basic blues guitar while I was there! I mean, that is what it took! 😉

        • Well don’t just abandon us, Dance. You’re my favorite DJ.

  • All Too Much

    Clinton “will set policies to shut down criticism and opposition”
    Reality: the other will set policies continuing the shut down criticism and opposition



    …But that might not always be the case. In fact in the very near future American free speech may be sharply curtailed. It is not a sure thing—Supreme Court precedent regarding the First Amendment is robust enough to present would-be censors with something of a challenge—but nevertheless there is a good chance that American enemies of American free speech will shortly mount a sustained and eventually successful effort to drastically reduce American speech freedoms.

    With the possible exceptions of John Adams and Woodrow Wilson, there might never be a president more hostile to freedom of speech than Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton has promised, if elected, to introduce a constitutional amendment within her first month in office that would effectively repeal the First Amendment by overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v FEC decision from 2010.
    Hillary Clinton has set herself up against this ruling as if it were the Black Death, claiming her litmus test for nominating Supreme Court justices is if they will vote to overturn Citizens United and thus make it more difficult for Americans to speak freely and openly.

    Clinton actually has a long history of anti-free speech positions, so in a sense this is unsurprising. But now she is poised to become president of the United States, and with that bully pulpit—and the power of the executive order—you can be sure her avaricious, relentless desire to curtail free speech will be a potent threat to our precious First Amendment freedoms.
    If Clinton wins, she will appoint at a minimum, one justice to the Supreme Court. Likely three. The “potent threat” becomes potent action. THe SCOTUS issue is THE issue. The next President will set the table for Supreme COurt ruling for the next thirty or forty years.

    More than Free Speech will be attacked, and the legality of results and means of the attacks can be decided by just only one body with the power to stop the attacks. That body is SCOTUS.

    Read the Bill of Rights and think of life without it.

  • Malcolm Y

    “In America you can say just about any offensive thing imaginable, directed at just about any group or person imaginable, and you’ll be okay.”

    In theory maybe; in practice I don’t think so. You better be independently wealthy and live on an island or else you’ll lose your job and have your home “picketed” day and night forever. And by “picketed” I mean your life threatened and your property destroyed while the cops look the other way.

    Try making a splash by, oh, saying “Niggers are worthless and slavery was too good for them.”

    I am not speaking from personal experience but we have seen people’s lives ruined for shooting a bleeping lion – for God’s sake.