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ACLU's David Cole Responds About ACLU and the Freedom of Speech (with comments from former ACLU leaders Nadine Strossen and Ira Glasser)

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  1. jmillikin Link
    Followup to the Wall Street Journal article posted earlier[0], claiming that the ACLU is planning to consider the content of speech when deciding whether to defend it. Main quote from the...

    Followup to the Wall Street Journal article posted earlier[0], claiming that the ACLU is planning to consider the content of speech when deciding whether to defend it.

    Main quote from the followup:

    Kaminer claims the guidelines change our policy. But the guidelines clearly state that they do not "change ACLU policy, which is set by the Board." They reaffirm our view that free speech rights "extend to all, even to the most repugnant speakers — including white supremacists — and pursuant to ACLU policy, we will continue our longstanding practice of representing such groups in appropriate circumstances to prevent unlawful government censorship of speech." Nothing in the guidelines supports Kaminer's claim that "free speech has become second among equals."

    Kaminer objects to any acknowledgement that speech can cause harm. But that is simply a recognition of fact, and denying it flies in the face of lived experience and ignores the costs of free speech. All rights come with costs, from privacy to due process to the right against compelled self-incrimination. Acknowledging this hardly means one lacks commitment to the rights. It simply recognizes the stakes. The guidelines do not suggest that the ACLU should not represent a speaker because his speech causes harm.

    [0] https://tildes.net/~news/2l2/the_aclu_retreats_from_free_expression

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  2. rkcr Link
    "Ira Glasser" is Ira Glass' first evolution.

    "Ira Glasser" is Ira Glass' first evolution.