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The one line from judge's ruling in Occupy Boston that could set us back 50 years

The one line from judge's ruling in Occupy Boston that could set us back 50 years


 "Little in the way of expression is outlawed under the United States Constitution, but an act which incites a lawful forceful response is unlikely to...
By S.I. Rosenbaum  |  December 07, 2011

We the People don't like Washington

If you can't quite figure out where Brian Crowley and his buddies stand on the issues, neither can they. All they know is that they love America, the First Amendment, and public access television.
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By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  September 09, 2011
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A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco

Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the st
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 26, 2011

Don't do that

Republicans and libertarians share many similarities. For instance, members of both groups are generally equipped with bladders.
What the GOP, libertarians, and jellyfish have in common
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2011
DOJ turns on Turner, First Amendment

DOJ turns on Turner, First Amendment


The sentencing memorandum filed by Boston federal prosecutors last week, seeking between 33 and 41 months incarceration for convicted former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner,...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  January 25, 2011
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Chafee’s talk radio ban

Governor Lincoln Chafee's announcement this week that his administration would forsake talk radio sparked all manner of outrage.
On the Air
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011


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Strong-arming the First Amendment

President Barack Obama is a bright guy. In fact, he's a former constitutional-law professor.
Plus activist judges and fat versus gay
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2010
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MuckRock City

Michael Morisy and Mitchell Kotler started their Web site, muckrock.com, as a hobby, and they set out to do something woefully esoteric.
How two local new-media junkies cut through the red tape and became First-Amendment superstars
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 19, 2010

Could it happen here?

The news a few years back that the Bush administration had convinced the big telecom companies to allow the authorities to spy on customers without warrants, in the name of fighting terrorism, caused a ruckus.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 24, 2010

Burning the other guy's holy book


The legal and strategic considerations surrounding “fringe pastor” Terry Jones’ on-again-and-off-again threat to initiate and celebrate what he has so felicitously named “International Burn a...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  September 10, 2010

Cafeteria Americans

Congratulations to the national Republican Party. Dismissive of the Constitution and thoroughly addicted to whipping up fear and ignorance, they've now managed to get a rise out of the "booboisie" — H.L. Mencken's term for the clueless public — with thei
The mosque malarkey; constitutional showdown in Cranston
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 20, 2010


Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground

Experts: Argue All You Want, Mosque Project on Firm Legal Ground


Rush Limbaugh on Ground Zero MosqueFor all the anger, political strategizing and stabs in the heart that the plans to build a Muslim community center...
By Pro Publica  |  August 18, 2010
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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010

Bully pulpit

While I understand, appreciate, and respect the First Amendment and our right to speak freely, in the case of bullying, Harvey Silverglate makes a dangerous assumption that “civilized people, even teenagers can intuit the difference between protected spe
Letters to the Boston editor, April 23, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 23, 2010

Clearing the air

Adam Reilly’s analysis of right-wing talk radio’s support of Scott Brown was nearly perfect.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 12, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 12, 2010
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Free speech for me, but not for thee

Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 29, 2010


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Critical Mass

If free speech is what gives value to the campus "marketplace of ideas," UMass Amherst would long ago have gone bankrupt.
Over the years, UMass Amherst has proven to be a reliable hotbed for political hypocrisy and squelching of free speech
By KYLE SMEALLIE AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 20, 2009
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Muzzle Awards: Collegiate Division

In a 1957 Supreme Court decision upholding the free-speech rights of university professors ( Sweezy v. New Hampshire ), Justice Felix Frankfurter quoted prominent South African scholars on the importance of academic freedom.
New England campuses muzzle free speech
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 10, 2009
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Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech

Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009
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A star is porn

"As Steven was saying the other night at the screening, at the end of the day we're all selling something, and we all want something, whether it's monetary or not."
Adult-film star Sasha Grey makes her mainstream debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 15, 2009

New in the Phoenix: A brief history of Obama hatred


In which I discuss whether the drop-off in anti-Obama invective following his election is a lasting ...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 15, 2009


Kudos to Chuck, with a caveat


Even though I'm on Chuck Turner's press-enemies list, I'd like to congratulate the city councilor fo...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 06, 2009

Wendy Murphy vs. free speech


--"That means, 'Shut up. Don't lie.'"That would be Wendy Murphy, co-host of WRKO's Finneran's Forum,...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 26, 2008
Palin versus the First Amendment

Palin versus the First Amendment


 Remember when Sarah Palin called freedom of the press a "privilege"? Well, Palin fleshed out her understanding of the First Amendment a bit more today,...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 31, 2008

A world safe for parody: Margery Eagan and the crude parade


By Harvey Silverglate              &nb...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  July 08, 2008

George Carlin, RIP


By Harvey Silverglate            This is par...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  June 24, 2008


This Just In: Harvard Censors "Barely Legal" Party


In a puritan streak, Harvard University has forced several student groups who were planning on hosti...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  June 05, 2008

This Just In: Harvard Censors "Barely Legal" Party


In a puritan streak, Harvard University has forced several student groups who were planning on hosti...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  June 05, 2008

This Just In: Pandering Porn -- and Romeo & Juliet


This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that a law that outlaws promoting or advertising -- "pandering...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 19, 2008

This Just In: Pandering Porn -- and Romeo & Juliet


This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that a law that outlaws promoting or advertising -- "pandering...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 19, 2008