The spirit of FREE SPEECH as we see it. (Nat Hentoff, patron saint of free speech.)

We are currently dealing with how best to moderate our discussions. We have long welcomed all comers so long as they are respectful of other readers and of the site. Unfortunately there has been a decline in civility and occasionally there is even malicious activity in our forum.

We are deeply committed to free speech. We always will be. If one comes to ACC with a heartfelt disagreement we are very happy to air it and to discuss it,

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Obama Enters the Media Wars – Why His Recent Attack on Free Speech is So Dangerous and Radical

Obama is no friend to free speech as many journalists can attest, even some within the #oldmedia like Susan Page at The USA Today. He clearly dislikes the emergence of an alternative narrative to the one he has sought to craft from the beginning of his presidency. Obama’s White House had “journalists” flowing in and out of it all the time. Even Jon Stewart had secret meetings with the President. And Obama is concerned that the “truth”

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It’s time to free speech on campus again (By, can you believe it? JANET NAPOLITANO, yes her, now U of CA President)

This is a very reasonable statement from former White House denizen and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano. When I saw the headline I initially thought the op-ed was from Judge Napolitano. But no, it was Janet defending free speech. OK.

So I figured that Ms. Napolitano would probably hedge the headline the whole way throuigh the piece. But she didn’t. She basically made the case of the “liberals” of my youth. Free speech is free speech. Even very unpopular,

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Truly open social media? New site with momentum, GAB

We post this for our readers’ information. Whether GAB takes off is an open question. (To say the least.) Most social media alternatives have a hard time carving out a space for themselves these days. But GAB says that it will truly be a censorship free platform. In that case it’s at least worth checking out.

Click here.

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Still Hating Breitbart: Clinton camp says Breitbart has no “right to exist”?

This is one of the reasons why we asked our readers whether they felt the 1st Amendment was under attack. Breitbart doesn’t have a right to exist? What kind of bs is that?

As the attached article points out this is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Thing is the Clinton camp picking a fight with a seasoned scrapper in Breitbart. Bannon and company are unlikely to be as gentile as the Kochs.

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The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse

There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.

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Safe spaces go online: NPR closes comments section, afraid of dissent

Part of engaging online is dealing with jerks. It’s part of the deal. Back in the old days when people got up on soap boxes to vent there were jerks then too. No doubt many a slur was hurled in many a public square back in the day along with many a fist.

In most respects we are probably a much more courteous nation today, even with the relative anonymity and ease of communication via the Internet. But the sensitivity level of some has just gone off the charts in recent years.

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‘Orwellian’ European Commission partnering with Facebook, Twitter, to promote propaganda?, ‘Trusted reporters’ to flag content for ‘hate speech’

This is a steady slide. Certain speech is to be celebrated. Other speech is to be crushed. Dissent to be extinguished. The state is who is in control.

“You think your social media will save you? You think you’ll be able to express your backward ideas in freedom, like a free person? You don’t even know that you are under our heel. Get in line and do as your betters command. We control the government. We control the universities.

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Are climate change skeptics criminals? Should holding contrary opinions draw the attention of the Attorney General in the “Land of the Free”? (VIDEO)

Free speech. Free speech. A thousand times, free speech!

This video isn’t really about climate change. It’s about free speech.

One may not like the opinion of another but in this country one is allowed to express unpopular opinions. Even if you think someone’s opinion or group is backward, hurtful, bigoted, uninformed, whatever, that person or group has the right to express that opinion. Unpopular speech is what the 1st Amendment is all about after all. One would think that Mr.

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