A story of our times, with massive First Amendment issues embedded. Kill Jews A federal judge ruled that a group (more below, who they are makes this case even more complex) may put up posters on New York’s public buses and subways saying “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” The poster [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Sunday May 3, 2015 12:00 pm|
|By: CTuttle Saturday May 2, 2015 3:00 pm|
“We can’t wait for some deus ex machina to save our republic. Our republic is ours to save. Or better, it is only ours if we save it.” By Alex Freeman Boston, MA (TFC) – In his 2012 book, Republic, Lost, Lawrence Lessig writes, “We can’t wait for some deus ex machina to save our [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday April 27, 2015 5:00 pm|
It has come to this. There is a self-help guides from the ACLU on what to do if you think you are on the U.S. government’s no-fly list. Oh, and the TSA says 99 percent of the people who contact them about no-fly have been denied boarding only because their names are similar to a [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday April 24, 2015 2:00 pm|
The government can kill all cell service in a designated area of its choice during “emergencies,” and does not want to disclose any details about how or when they might employ this. Implications for the First Amendment are made clear by one known local use — San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System disabled service [...]
|By: CTuttle Tuesday April 21, 2015 5:00 pm|
Political philosopher Noam Chomsky discusses the dismal state of the American media and the collapse of democracy in preparation for the release of a new documentary about his life. By MintPress News Desk Though he originally entered academia as a linguist and philosopher, Noam Chomsky has become famous for his controversial, thought-provoking writings on global [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 14, 2015 2:00 pm|
Two recent cases show the contempt with which our government, at the federal and state levels, views the First Amendment. First Amendment Semi-Win After Military Police Harass, Sexually Threaten Journalist A very basic tenet of our democracy is that a free press exists to report to The People on the actions of their government, and [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday April 13, 2015 5:00 pm|
No doubt vying to be the most transparent administration ever someday, the Clinton campaign is off to a great start — sucking up to powerful journalists, who are happy to play along, excluding non-mainstream press, and swearing everyone to secrecy. What more likely scenario for open and objective news coverage could there be? Oh, in [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 7, 2015 3:00 pm|
We’ve shared with you that of the 425 large corporate donors to the Clinton Foundation, the Wall Street Journal found 60 of those donors lobbied the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure. We’ve shared with you how Candidate Clinton, who cites the rights of women as a cornerstone of her campaign, accepted millions through her [...]
|By: Lance Selfa Sunday November 2, 2014 1:59 pm|
Since Barack Obama announced his intention to run for president in 2007, Paul Street has distinguished himself as one of candidate Obama and President Obama’s most consistent critics from the left. At a time when many liberals were starry-eyed about the possibilities for an Obama presidency, Street was documenting Obama’s commitment to a pro-business, neoliberal agenda.
Street’s writings on the Obama era are even more important now.
|By: DSWright Friday October 24, 2014 3:50 pm|
Though Silicon Valley and the tech industry is generally known as being more liberal than other economic sectors it is worth noting that it too has its share of plutocrat reactionaries. Though venture capitalist Tom Perkins became the face of the faction with his comparison of Occupy Wall Street to Nazis, a more relevant example would be Mark Andreessen who not only stands out as opposing measures to rein in wealth equality but has trumpeted his support for domestic surveillance programs.