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Free Speech Win! IRS Will No Longer Require Certain Donor Lists Up Front

by Steve MacDonald July 17, 2018

Swamp Rats inside the IRS can’t leak what they don’t have. And thanks to a new rule the IRS will no longer be collecting personal donor data upfront from organizations that include (for our triggered progressive “friends”) unions and Planned Parenthood. The Treasury Department said the policy change will maintain donor disclosure requirements for traditional charity […]

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Justice Thomas Defends Free Speech in Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado…

by Steve MacDonald June 7, 2018

Hopefully, Ellen cleared up the “narrowness” of the decision in the SCOTUS Masterpiece Cake Shop LTD v. Colorado Human Rights Commission. The verdict was narrow not the vote. And while it was a victory for religious conscience, it was not a sweeping defense of Free Speech. We do, however, find advocates for free speech in concurring […]

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Dartmouth’s Ideological Free Speech Divide: Why Democrats Need to Lose Again in 2018

by Steve MacDonald May 30, 2018

A few days ago, we reported on a survey of Dartmouth student’s that questions their tolerance and diversity when it comes to dating, befriending, or just interacting with someone who has opposing political beliefs. There were no surprises. Democrats shunned the idea while Republicans were much more accepting. Further down in the same survey were […]

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FIRE Gives UNH “Green Light” for Free Speech (Say What!)

by Steve MacDonald May 16, 2018

Greg Moore took me by surprise with a tweet about how the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) had given UNH it’s highest rating for free speech. Say what? As a regular critic, I commend @UofNH for revising their speech code, civility code and "bias incident protocol" to finally begin embracing free speech on campus. […]

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UNH Institutes Anti-Free Speech ‘Social Media Policy’

by Steve MacDonald April 30, 2018

The Univerity of New Hampshire has added a Social Media Policy to its Student’s Rights, Rules, and Responsibility code of conduct. It’s a Big Brother chill-blanket on free speech that allows anyone to report anyone else whenever they think their feelings have been hurt or the feelings of others might be hurt. What could go […]

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Republicans Against Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2018

Carolyn McKinney’s rebuttal to “some Republicans” pushing to remove the word ‘traditional’ as a qualifier to the word ‘marriage’ in the New Hampshire Republican State Platform is brilliant. It’s so good those Republicans don’t want you to read it. (If you have problems with the above link the piece is also cross-posted here.) Somone or perhaps a few […]

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Timberlane Superintendent Metzler: your “free speech” must have my prior approval before I will allow you to freely speak

by Skip April 13, 2018

Seems like the Earl of Metzler is coming up against “the rabble” (normally called students and people paying his salary) more and more.  So he has arbitrarily decided to become like those college campuses that haven’t the foggiest idea of what the First Amendment Free Speech clause is all about.  Instead – he “deigns” to […]

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Craigslist Drop Personal Section after Congress Acts – Is it a Free Speech Issue?

by Steve MacDonald March 24, 2018

Congressional action has prompted Craigslist to shutter its personals section for fear of criminal or civil liability. You can still find furniture or a roommate on Craigslist. But ads seeking romance or sexual connections are no longer going to be available, after Craigslist took down the “personals” section Friday for its U.S. site. The company […]

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Disturbing UNH Campus Climate Report Never Mentions Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald February 11, 2018

Last September, the University System of New Hampshire released a preliminary report on Campus Climate. Its purpose was to institutionalize the bunching of panties after students wearing sombreros and fake mustaches at a Cinco de Mayo party on campus rustled some social justice jimmies. The report began the long process of navel-gazing over Kampus Klimate and the Komplexities of what […]

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The Disingenuous Misrepresentation of Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald January 4, 2018

“Paint me” like one of your Trotskyite ‘girls.’ “…from time to time, American colleges and universities are subject to witness hate speech or activity that is disguised as free speech. Such has been the case in recent weeks at several colleges and universities in San Antonio and throughout Texas. As members of the Higher Education Council […]

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College Student’s Anti-Free Speech Move Could Land them In Jail for A Year

by Steve MacDonald November 26, 2017

A UC Riverside Student (Edith Macias) snatched a Make America Great Again hat off another student and then proceeded to go into a vulgar rant, on video, which will now serve as evidence against the student for charges that could land them in jail for a year. “According to California’s Penal Code 487, grand theft is […]

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Free Speech Gains on Wisconsin College Campuses

by Steve MacDonald October 24, 2017

Liberty McArtor, a staff writer for The Stream, joins me to talk about a new University of Wisconsin policy, the bill that inspired it, and where we find ourselves and speech on college campuses in 2018.

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Wisconsin Takes Steps to Protect Free Speech on Campus

by Steve MacDonald October 24, 2017

In the growing shadow of new legislation designed to protect free speech on campus, the board of regents for the University of Wisconsin (UW) state college system voted 16-1 to adopt a new policy in advance of a bill expected to pass the legislature. Liberty McArtor, a staff writer for The Stream, wrote about the recent developments at […]

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You Can’t Defend Free Speech Without Challenging Social Justice Curriculum

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2017

This morning on ‘No Safe Spaces’ Rich Girard and I began with a recent article from The New Hampshire (TNH), the UNH Student Newspaper. Executive Editor Colleen Irvine does a nice job of pointing out to students on Campus that the first amendment doesn’t just protect speech on one side of the debate. Colleen also […]

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You Can’t Defend Free Speech Without Challenging Social Justice Curriculum

by Steve MacDonald October 23, 2017

This morning on ‘No Safe Spaces’ Rich Girard and I began with a recent article from the UNH Campus paper (TNH) defending Free Speech, then explore why TNH needs an open-minded exploration into what is at the root of the intolerance for opposing speech (primarily conservative or Republican) on college campuses.

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Data Point – College kids don’t know what Free Speech really is

by Skip October 11, 2017

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once […]

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“Defending Free Speech” Has to Mean More than Just Opposing Efforts to Silence It

by Steve MacDonald September 23, 2017

Antifa and their advocates have insisted that some speech is so offensive that violence is justified. This is nonsense because violence is never justified where peaceful speech is concerned, they are only looking for an excuse to silence ideas they oppose and have decided to frame everyone that disagrees with them as either Nazi’s or […]

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Time to Ask Your Legislators to Protect Free Speech in the UNH System

by Steve MacDonald September 17, 2017

The recently released UNH Interim Report Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate is not about the weather, but it does involve snowflakes. Let me drop one on your tongue so you can get a taste. “UNH must develop a sustainable inclusive campus climate and make diversity and inclusion integral to a 21st-century education where we […]

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State-by-State – Laws Protecting Student Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald September 16, 2017

Campus Reform has released a report on what states are doing to protect Free Speech on campus. New Hampshire doesn’t have any special laws beyond the ones our founders left us. You’d like to think that the constitution is enough, New Hampshire – Codified Protection of First Amendment Rights on Campus New Hampshire has no laws expressly […]

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Indoctrination and Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald September 11, 2017

This morning on Girard at Large (part one of two) Rich and I discussed the leftward decline of SNHU, the search for a higher Ed solution that doesn’t come with as much social justice baggage (indoctrination boot camps), and how some schools obsessed with progressive “diversity” indoctrination find themselves losing money from declining enrollment.

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Adhocracy, Why the Progressives are against Free Speech

by Scott Morales August 25, 2017

Remember when the Democrats unanimously voted to repeal the First Amendment back in 2014? Remember when Hillary wanted to curtail free speech when it pertains to politicians? And how about all those times over the past several years when Progressives and leftists called for silencing “hate speech” where hate speech is anything they don’t like? […]

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“Abortion is Hate”; a sign at yesterday’s Free Speech rally in Boston

by Skip August 21, 2017

I only caught only a little bit of the Free Speech Rally on TV yesterday. The one that struck me the most was before the “official” rally started on the Boston Commons band. All of the local Boston channels had roving reporter / camera guy crews roaming the crowd on the outside of the barriers […]

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The New Media Militia On Girard at Large with Guest Host Chief Nick Willard – In Defense of Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2017

This week on the New Media Militia segment of Girard at Large; Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard (the guest host) and I discuss human nature (from policing to running a restaurant). Then we explore the long-term ramifications of the Mob protest in Boston that suppressed free speech and its greater implications for First Amendment expression […]

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The University of Chicago Chooses to Lead on Campus Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald August 21, 2017

This might surprise you, but the University of Chicago is leading the way in defense of free speech on campus. In a letter to incoming freshman, Dean of Students Dr. John (Jay) Ellison reminded them that, “At the University of Chicago, we insist that all faculty and students are free to debate, disagree, and argue, […]

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A Conservative Walks through Free Speech Protesters

by Scott Morales August 20, 2017

And made us proud… A well-mannered, humble conservative gets the welcoming you’d expect as he walks through a crowd  protesting Free Speech yesterday in Boston. And he showed nothing but grace, dignity, and maturity. Trump supporter walks through crowd of hysterical Free speech protestors!They hackle, scream & insult him! #Boston — Corryn ???????? (@Corrynmb) […]

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No Violence Reported at Boston ‘Free Speech’ Rally Today

by Steve MacDonald August 19, 2017

How do you put a context on the appearance of large crowds of progressives who show up to counter-protest a rally in support of free speech? Holding its rally at Boston Common, the group Boston Free Speech Coalition invited “libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberal, Trump supporters or anyone else who enjoys their right to free speech.” … […]

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Ted Cruz’ Brilliant Remarks on Campus Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald June 22, 2017

Legal Insurrection

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Is Free Speech Doomed at UNH?

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2017

UNH, like most universities, is weighted down by diversity curricula and all the anti-free-speech BS that goes with it. This handicap culminated in the very public unmasking of the  UNH Bias-Free Language guide that, among other things, suggested the word American might be problematic. National attention motivated UNH President Mark Huddleston to release a statement claiming […]

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Why is it the Left (and Progressive Republicans) HATE Free Speech?

by Skip April 15, 2017

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The Left is not even trying to hide their scorn […]

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NH House Considers Discriminatory Legislation That Could Also Silence Free Speech

by Steve MacDonald February 20, 2017

Last year, HB1661 attempted to make this a punishable offense. If your child (anyone under the age of 18) has wondered whether or not they are, in fact, heterosexual it could be illegal under HB 1661 for any “professional” to counsel them in any way that would encourage that–for lack of a better word–journey to their […]

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