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Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

With his best seller The Working Poor , Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times veteran David Shipler cemented his place among our most trenchant social commentators. Now he turns his incisive reporting to a critical American ideal: freedom of speech. Measured yet sweeping his new book, Freedom of Speech , brilliantly reveals the triumphs and challenges of defining and protecting the boundaries of free expression in modern America.

Herbert London: Self Censorship And The First Amendment

Jan 14, 2015

Rising from the ugly portals of dictatorship and control, is the irrevocable value of open expression. Free speech, indeed the ability to make decisions for yourself, is a gift bequeathed to citizens residing with Western traditions. At times speech is hateful and tasteless – an unappetizing features of freedom. But this is a price willingly paid to assure free exchange.

Paul Elisha: Liberty and license in our democracy

Feb 26, 2013

With the aggressive and all-encompassing advent of computer-driven technology, to the seeming Nth degree, in American socio-economic activity, one wonders if reliable public enlightenment is still possible, via the welter of virtual warfare, between what was once the professional informational media establishment and the so-called ‘Social Media’ horde that now threatens to obliterate it? Any honest response must focus on the already precariously insecure cornerstone of our Constitution’s...

For over a generation, shocking cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities have taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society. Drawing on a decade of experience battling for freedom of speech on campus, First Amendment lawyer Greg Lukianoff reveals how higher education fails to teach students to become critical thinkers in his book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate .