Is the First Amendment Enough?
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Is the First Amendment Enough?

by Steve Simpson | March 22, 2016

From the attack on Charlie Hebdo to campus speech codes, it is clear that freedom of speech faces significant threats today. Unlike the rest of the world, America has the First Amendment to protect this right. But is the First Amendment enough?

In this talk, ARI director of legal studies Steve Simpson explains why the legal right to free speech won’t survive if people abandon free speech as a moral value. To keep this precious right, he argues, we need to convince people that free speech isn’t just something we must tolerate, but that it is a value we should embrace.

Recorded on March 22, 2016, at ARI Headquarters in Irvine, California.

About The Author

Steve Simpson

Former Director of Legal Studies (2013-2018), Ayn Rand Institute