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Let your voice be heard"A century or so from now, observers looking back on the 1990s will consider the advent of the Internet and the World-Wide Web one of the great watersheds of history – comparable technologically to the invention of movable type, artistically to the Renaissance, and socially to the Declaration of Independence... Tens of thousands of creative network citizens across the world are setting up their own information servers and joining the Web. In the process, those net citizens are completely bypassing the Establishment with its bureaucracies, class hierarchies, and power structures, not to mention the entire monolithic apparatus of the traditional publishing industry!"
— Ray Duncan, PC Magazine, May 16, 1995
"The First Amendment says nothing about a right not to be offended. The risk of finding someone else's speech offensive is the price each of us pays for our own free speech. Free people don't run to court – or to the principal – when they encounter a message they don't like. They answer it with one of their own." — Jeff Jacoby
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Learn the lessons others have learned
– often, the "hard" way.

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Example: Remain the judge of your own actions. Never surrender that position by default. When the enemy screams "Foul!" the loudest, you know you're doing him the most damage. Those who help him scream are also the enemy.

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The Power of Being "Offended" in Order to
Shut Down Political Debate

Rachel Alexander
Progressives are increasingly claiming to be offended whenever those on the right disagree with their left-wing positions. It doesn't matter what the issue is; the left will divert a legitimate political debate into an accusation that the right disagrees with them because they are full of hate towards them. This puts the right on the defensive, and removes the real debate from discussion.
Who is 'The Press' in the First Amendment?
Dan Smyth
What does "the press" mean in the First Amendment's guarantee "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of...the press"?  The Mainstream Media or collection of reputable Internet, print, TV, and radio journalists, right?  Bloggers, too, if you're feeling generous?
Suing to Silence Free Speech
Jeff Jacoby
What would happen if a powerful union sued a think tank for accurately quoting the union's president in a letter to its supporters? Anyone who went to law school will recognize that as the kind of far-fetched hypothetical that law professors dream up in order to spark classroom discussion. But this is no hypothetical.
Practicing Intellectual Virtue
Wendy McElroy
A good argument, as much as good meal, is one of the joys of living. The Intellectual Virtues are meant to give you control of arguments, not to be used as a prudish rule book that strips color from your conversations.
Be Not Afraid
Justice Clarence Thomas
The insistence on civility in the form of our debates has the perverse effect of cannibalizing our principles, the very essence of a civil society. That is why civility cannot be the governing principle of citizenship or leadership.
Menacing Speech,
Today and During the Civil Rights Movement
Pro-civil-rights violence is just as punishable as pro-life violence; but pro-life speech must be just as protected as pro-civil-rights speech.
Must a Civil Society be a Censored Society?
Hate-speech laws may be tempting in the battle against bigotry, but they run afoul of individual liberty and First Amendment protections.
Media Out of Control
When propaganda is the goal, truth and rational thought are the first casualties.
Civil Rights' Trump Free Speech in Canada
Are human rights compatible with freedom of the press and other forms of expression?
A Hostile Environment for Free Speech
In America, we're free to express all sorts of opinions, good, bad, and ugly. Some people may be offended, and quite rightly so. But the government has no business outlawing such expression.
Court Restrains HUD's Thought Police
The federal antidiscrimination juggernaut stumbled recently, tripped up by an impediment called the First Amendment.
The Importance of Talk Radio
"What has happened recently, and what has so unnerved the liberals, is that talk radio has "gone national." Instead of local talk show hosts commiserating with conservative insomniacs during the wee hours, Rush Limbaugh (and others) are proclaiming well-informed conservative views in an entertaining format in broad daylight to tens of millions of people."
The Dehumanization of Dissent
"What is taking place is something far more serious than the emergence of some new tolerance. Beliefs and values integral to our Judeo-Christian ethic and Western civilization are not only being displaced but adjudged to have been medieval and wicked."

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