Skokie and Speech

In the wake of the events of Charlottesville, a look at the Neo Nazi rally in Skokie, IL in 1977 and the resulting Supreme Court Case and the ACLU’s role. In recent days Skokie has been brought up; and a look at the history of events is useful. Starting with of course, there actually was no rally in Skokie after all. And while there was a Supreme Court decision, it was not a full decision. We look at other cases, and what this means for speech and politics. We look at Louis Brandeis’s great speech on the First Amendment, Chief Justice Robert’s view of it recently, Alito’s other take. Finally Bruce wonders about the consequences of these rights in a social media world.

We Discuss

The Story of Skokie.
Village of Skokie, Abrams, Brandenburg and other Supreme Court Cases
Roberts vs. Alito on Free Speech
Thoughts About Free Speech and Social Media

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