Even America Could Descend Into Tyranny



The Importance of Competition in the Marketplace of Ideas

Even America, which has a long history of freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, is continuing to learn, or relearn, the importance of competition in the marketplace of ideas.


Shouldn’t Comedians Have the Right to Offend?

The essence of comedy is being critical, says John Cleese, and that means causing offense sometimes. But we shouldn’t protect everyone from experiencing negative emotions by enforcing political correctness, he says. Cleese’s latest book is “So, Anyway…” (http://goo.gl/D2D3cp).

Cleese says he refuses to perform on American college campuses because they have become “politically correct,” meaning that too many students find offense in harmless humor.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Inspired by U.S. First Amendment: Five Freedoms

There is a universal right to free expression, and it is a fundamental human right, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This universal right to free expression has its roots in the very First Amendment to the US Constition. Above, attorney Kevin Hayslett explains the First Amendment, as it relates to freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

The Illinois First Amendment Center, a program of the Illinois Press Foundation, produces educational materials about the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which is a model for countries the world over. It produces free classroom materials on the five freedoms — and why they are important to Americans and to other nationalities. It also provides a good summary of the importance of the First Amendment in history.

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