10/12/2017

The Free-Speech Wars

Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal

At the risk of stirring the fury of the Trumpians, let it be said that no one has mistaken Donald Trump for James Madison. But stay tuned. 

America’s fourth president was among the originators of the nation’s constitutionally protected right of free speech. President Trump will be remembered as one of the country’s foremost practitioners of that right. Less appreciated is that the Trump administration may go down as a significant defender of the First Amendment when it most needed defending.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced in a speech at the Georgetown University Law School that the Justice Department will start intervening on the side of plaintiffs in campus free-speech cases.

The department has filed its first “statement of interest,” essentially an amicus brief, in a free-speech lawsuit brought against Georgia Gwinnett College, which has created free-speech zones, or “public forum areas,” requiring a college-approved reservation. 

Two things about Mr. Sessions’ speech expose realities about the age of Trump. 

The first we will call the Sessions survival model. Mr. Sessions became one of the president’s favorite verbal speed bags when he recused himself from the Russian collusion investigation. But the president hasn’t actually done anything to stop the attorney general from proceeding with his agenda, such as this important defense of free speech. Thinner-skinned senators might note the Sessions model: Stay on target. [Subscription required.]

Read full article



You May Also Like:

The Helsinki Summit Will Further Derange American Politics Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review

The Helsinki Hysteria New York Sun

Correction: Trump Did Not Absolve Russians Of Meddling Tom Trinko, American Thinker

People Are Worrying The Labor Market Is Too Good Andy Puzder, The Wall Street Journal

Schumer Raises 'Possibility That Putin Holds Damaging Information Over President Trump’ [Watch] Susan Jones, CNSNews

#WalkAway Founder Brandon Straka Denied Service At Adorama Camera Store [Watch] Jessica Chasmar, Washington Times

Report: Uber Driver Dumps 6 GOP Volunteers At Random Gas Station, Says ‘Welcome To The Resistance’ Sarah Taylor, TheBlaze

Democrat Congressman Calls For A Military Coup Streiff, RedState

There's Never An Excuse For Protectionism, So Stop Excusing It John Tamny, RealClearMarkets

California’s Mortgage Fraud The Wall Street Journal

RNC Doubles DNC Fundraising Ahead Of Midterms Matt, Political Insider

Beware Bernie Sanders's Unsound Economic Arguments Ahmed Barakat, Foundation for Economic Education

Democrats Begin To Turn On Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Meteors Fizz Out’ Joseph Curl, Daily Wire

A Guaranteed Income Would Undermine The Social Virtues Of Work John O. McGinnis, Library of Law and Liberty

Automation Isn’t Nearly As Disruptive As You Might Think Tim Worstall, CapX

For More go to the Home Page >>>

Join Our Email List



section

Bookshelf

FreeMarket Central

Some titles recent, all recommended -

Special Video Feature

FreeMarket Central

Voices From The 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference

section

In Search Of History

4,000 Years Of Price Control

Tablets, said to be 200 years older than the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi ... show that the ancient kingdom of Eshnunna had wage control and price control. The news ought not to have come as a surprise. For the code of Hammurabi itself (unearthed in 1902), which was promulgated earlier than 2000 B.C., fixed prices, wages, interest rates, and fees. This makes price control at least about 4,000 years old. ...

 

Ironically, it is those who now wish to return to this ancient totalitarian device who are fondest of calling themselves “progressives.” They are also fond of saying that those who believe in economic liberty “are living in the nineteenth century.” These controlists have yet to learn that they themselves are still living, as the discoveries in Babylonia attest, in the nineteenth century—B.C.!

-- Henry Hazlitt,

Shadow Stats Snapshot


FreeMarket Central

ShadowStats alternate economic indicators are based on the methodology of noted economist John Williams, specialist in government economic reporting.

  • Unemployment:
    FreeMarket Central BLS: 4.05%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 21.5%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central June Year-to-Year: 2.80% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 9.9%

*[cpi-u is the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation rate for all urban consumers]

section