This Prof. will Challenge your Perspective on Free Speech
Everybody loves free speech, right? It’s in the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But Prof. Deirdre McCloskey complicates the picture of free speech by associating it with the Greek word for persuasion: rhetoric. Free speech and advertising go hand in hand. Advertisements and rhetoric both have a negative connotation, but they are essential to the functioning of a free society. The only alternative to persuasion by speech is persuasion by violence. Clearly speech is a safer and superior alternative. And perhaps advertising plays a helpful role in society. What better way is there to make decisions about what to buy or what to believe except by people trying to charm us? What do you think about the role of advertising in a free society? Should advertising fall under the first amendment protections? How do you like to be persuaded about things?
Speech Isn’t Free When Terrorists Are Involved (article): The Supreme Court case Holder V The Humanitarian Law Project, which said that peaceful speech can be criminalized if it is “coordinated” to support a foreign terrorist organization named by congress, was upheld in its first test.
Reason and Free Speech (article/video): Reason magazine discusses the importance of free speech. Included is also a video asking prominent figures “What is the biggest threat to free speech?”
Free Speech (webpage): The ACLU resource page for everything free speech.
NSA Squabbles With T-Shirt Maker Over Free Speech (article/video): The NSA attempts to stop a t-shirt website from printing shirts that satirize their organization.
What Does Free Speech Mean? (webpage): A resource page by the SCOTUS that clearly lays out what the right to free speech entails.
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