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“That’s Why I Draw You”: An Interview with Bosch Fawstin

  Bosch Fawstin is an accomplished artist, cartoonist, and free speech activist. His entry, printed above, took home First Prize in the “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas. The Undercurrent’s Jon Glatfelter had the privilege of interviewing Bosch. The Undercurrent: What was your experience during the Jihadist attack in Garland? Fawstin: I was in the […]

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“It’s None of Your Business!”—Say It about More than Just Government Surveillance

Very little of the fury directed against the NSA has been saved for the IRS. Perhaps the double standard is purely partisan, but the deeper cause is philosophical: no one seems to think privacy is sacred when it concerns money.

Can “Occupation” Be Peaceful?

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Can “Occupation” Be Peaceful?

By preventing ordinary citizens from going about their business, Occupiers are in effect protesting the “injustice” of laws that allow for peaceful interaction and free economic exchange. By what right do the Occupiers disrupt the lives and freedom of others?

Campus Media Response: WikiLeaks is no Champion of Free Speech

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Campus Media Response: WikiLeaks is no Champion of Free Speech

Writing for Rutgers’ Daily Targum, Cody Gorman comes to a conclusion about the WikiLeaks controversy that is starkly different from the position we articulated two weeks ago: All in all, Assange idealizes what this country is founded on — checking the power of elected officials to protect against abuse. When even that ability is blocked […]

Campus Media Response: Keith Yost of the MIT Tech Outclasses his Peers on Muhammed Cartoon Controversy

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Campus Media Response: Keith Yost of the MIT Tech Outclasses his Peers on Muhammed Cartoon Controversy

Congratulations to Keith Yost, a columnist at The Tech of MIT, who recently put the editors of the paper to shame, by saying “I am Spartacus!” and publishing a statement of support for the free speech rights of Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park, and for the series of other cartoonists and writers […]

Campus Media Response: Everybody Draw Muhammad On Campus

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Campus Media Response: Everybody Draw Muhammad On Campus

Writing in opposition to the recently publicized “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” a show of solidarity for Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame, Saif Ansari of The Daily Bruin writes: There is no need to abuse or disrespect others in order to show that one cares about the right to free speech. And, […]

Campus Media Response: Individuals Exercise Freedom of Speech Through Corporations

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Campus Media Response: Individuals Exercise Freedom of Speech Through Corporations

Court ruling favors corporate interests The Badger Herald, January 25, 2010 Editor: Chelsea Lawliss asserts that corporations have no right to freedom of speech because a “corporation is a collective entity and, by default, a machine that runs on the fuel of self-interest.” On the contrary, Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion notes that a corporation is […]

De Facto Censorship

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De Facto Censorship

In a recent letter to its customers, Medicare provider Humana urged its customers to contact their elected officials and express their worries about the fact that the most recent healthcare bill would eliminate important services currently available to seniors under the Medicaid Advantage program. Humana also created a website and a toll-free number to call […]

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Campus Media Response: Abortion, Wallpaper and the Right to Property

Campus Pro-Life returns The Gauntlet The University of Calgary Madam— The issue at stake is not the right to free speech, but rather, the right to property. Just as one can set the terms by which a guest can use one’s living room, the University of Calgary, as an independent institution, can set the terms […]

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The Nature of Free Speech: An Interview with Dr. Onkar Ghate

With a little over a year having passed since the Danish cartoon controversy, free speech remains a central issue on college and university campuses. University administrations seem increasingly unable to respond to the popular slogan that “hate speech is not free speech.” What does the term “hate speech” mean? How does it relate to free […]

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