Freedom of Speech in the Roberts Court
Jun 30, 2012
Most Objectivists are painfully aware of the modern Supreme Court’s dismal record on the Constitution. What many Objectivists probably do not know, however, is that there is cause for some optimism in one very important area of constitutional law: freedom of speech.
Since John Roberts became Chief Justice, the Court has issued a number of very good decisions on free speech. Although there is still much wrong, philosophically, with the Supreme Court’s treatment of the right to freedom of speech, legally, the protections for speech are greater than they have been in years. This course examines the Court’s major rulings in several key areas, including campaign finance law, commercial speech and inflammatory speech. The course separates the good from the bad, and makes the case that the Court’s recent rulings in this vital area provide Objectivists with a ray of sunshine in an often gloomy world.