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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Recommended Essay on Free Speech


Check out Derek Hunter's "You Don't Have a Constitutional Right to Free Speech" from BigGovernment.com.

Hunter discusses how the Constitution does not grant the right to free speech, but protects the right from abridgement. So really, we should say we have the Constitutionally protected right of free speech. It's a subtle difference in grammar, but creates a huge difference within legal and political theory. The legal rights of the First Amendment are not granted, but protected by the Constitution.

Give it a read. It's worth your time.

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