Free Speech

Another attack on public-employee unions


Big-business and conservative interests have been trying to years to find a way to undermine the political clout of organized labor, particularly unions like the teachers and nurses, who have played a huge role in progressive campaigns. And now there's a new tactic.Read more »

Temporarily blunted

Facebook saw fit to block marijuana advocacy ads -- what does this say about public discourse on the Internet?


We're not sure what troubles us most about this story: the suppression of marijuana imagery, a corporation impinging on our buzz, or the serious threat of private companies shaping public discourse.Read more »

Free speech and Fidel Castro in Florida


The First Amendment protects your right to say just about anything, but doesn't insulate you from the consequences. And there's a difference between the right to free speech and the responsibility to be held accountable for saying something truly offensive.Read more »