The campaigning has put German officials in an odd situation. President Erdogan has drawn harsh criticism after the failed coup in July 2016 for jailing and threatening to jail his most outspoken opponents. A Free Speech denier, his government ironically is using the Free Speech guarantees of Germany to push their agenda. But Germany’s dedication to Free Speech guarantees the right to say whatever you want, wherever you want. Still, German officials are now wondering whether that right extends to those pushing an anti-Free Speech agenda.Read More
The legislative arm of the European Union, the European Parliament, has passed a new procedural rule that will censor its own Free Speech. The law allows the chair of a debate to interrupt a speaking Member in the case of “defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior.” The law does not clarify what qualifies as defamatory, racist or xenophobic.Read More
The new law is China’s first concrete step toward extending Internet control beyond its borders. Since the country’s burgeoning markets are attracting businesses from around the world, many have agreed to compromise on their decades-old adherence to First Amendment rights.Read More
DeLorenzo’s vocal support for the President-elect and L.A. Parker’s contention he keep quiet suggests the Free Speech debate is not at an end. Donald Trump and supporters will continue pushing the limits, and anti-Trump activists will continue pushing back. But as 2016 demonstrated, the voting booth will always be where Free Speech matters most.Read More
The United States of America prides itself on being a nation where the Rule of Law reigns supreme for all citizens, regardless of their financial, social or political standing. John Stumpf should not be allowed to determine his own punishment. We have a legal system for that.Read More
Commander of the “Rough Riders” cavalry during the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) made a name for himself as a robust outdoorsman, scrappy soldier, clever statesman and American nationalist. He was one of the most outspoken proponents of American interventionism of his time.
Roosevelt believed a country could only progress if men fought and died for ideals they believed in. A product of the bloody 19th and early 20th centuries, Roosevelt’s nationalist ideology fell just short of fascism.
Roosevelt penned his essay “Lincoln and Free Speech” at the conclusion of the First World War, an international conflict sparked by rampant, surging nationalisms across Europe. Just as Abraham Lincoln pressured then-president James Polk to intensify America’s war efforts against Mexico, Roosevelt thought it necessary to pressure any president who spoke of peace during time of war. His essay on presidential skepticism stemmed from his vehement dislike for Woodrow Wilson and his policy of isolationism during WWI.
Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy as a presidential skeptic rides on the coattails of his legacy as a war hero and great American executive.