Thoughts from Maharrey Head #37: Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment

“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”


In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head I talk about the First Amendment, its relation to freedom of speech, and more generally the importance of free expression in a free society.

The recent shutdown of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago has generated a lot of discussion about freedom of speech. I keep hearing people say, “They violated his First Amendment rights.” But the First Amendment doesn’t give anybody any rights.

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain the relationship between the First Amendment and freedom of speech. I also discuss the importance of free expression in a free society through the writing of John Stuart Mill.

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SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Constitution 101: Freedom of Speech and of the Press, the Palladium of Liberty

On Liberty John Stuart Mill

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