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Religious Terrorism vs. Free Speech

Article by Leonard Peikoff | 1989

The following article appeared as an advertisement in The New York Times in 1989. Ayatollah Khomeni's attack on Salman Rushdie and his publishers represents religious terrorism. Americans oppose the Ayatollah's death-decree, but our government is doing nothing to combat it. President


McCutcheon v. FEC: Free Speech for Me or Free Speech for We?

Blog Steve Simpson | Apr 2014

In recent years, the Supreme Court has issued a spate of generally good campaign finance decisions that move steadily closer to treating free speech the way it should be treated — as an individual right. Last week’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which struck down so-called “aggregate” contribution limits, is the latest example.


Free Speech on Campus

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Feb 2005

Because the comments he made shortly after September 11 have come to light, obscene comments in which he vilifies the World Trade Center victims as "little Eichmanns" and lauds their killers as "humanitarians," Professor Ward Churchill has resigned as chairman of the University of Colorado's ethnics


Draw Mohammad, risk your life?

Blog Elan Journo | Oct 2010

Molly Norris was a cartoonist for the Seattle Weekly, and although she’s still alive, she’s gone “ghost”: leaving her job, moving, changing her name, and essentially erasing any traces of her identity. For fear of her life.


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Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson | Nov 2013

Steve Simpson is the director of Legal Studies at the Ayn Rand Institute. He writes, speaks and gives interviews for ARI on constitutional law, freedom of speech, campaign finance law and other legal topics.     A former senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, Mr. Simpson has litigated


Chilling commerce

Blog Steve Simpson | Mar 2014

Most people have heard the phrase “chilling effect” in connection with free speech. The idea is that vague laws can cause people to stop speaking out of fear that they might say something that violates the law.


The Fear to Speak Comes to America’s Shores

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Apr 2006

Europeans are all too well acquainted with the fear of criticizing Islam. To cite just a few of depressingly many examples: a painter, Rashid Ben Ali, is forced into hiding after one of his shows "featured satirical work critical of Islamic militant's violence"; a politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, must


A Liberal Ayn Rand?

OPED by Onkar Ghate | Nov 2012

It's no secret that the right is awash in Ayn Rand. Tea Partiers carry signs like "Who is John Galt?" and, astonishing for a novel published 55 years ago, sales of Atlas Shrugged topped 445,000 last year. All of this has prompted researchers like Yale historian Beverly Gage to wonder, "Why is there


Our self-crippled policy encouraged the deadly embassy attacks

OPED by Elan Journo | Sep 2012

The murders of American diplomatic and military personnel in Libya underscore the consequences of America’s longstanding failure to uphold the rights of Americans to live and speak their minds in the face of the Islamist threat. For decades, U.S. policymakers have refused to recognize the