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Against An Authoritarian America: Standing Up For Kaepernick’s Right to Sit Down

“When the Horst Wessel Song was sung, as a democrat of long standing I naturally did not raise my arm. The woman was standing next to me. She sang along with gusto and raised her hand high. She was the one who reported me. I then had to go and explain myself to District Administrator Rothmund. And he said to me, ‘What did you do?’ I said, ‘I didn’t do anything at all.’ Then he said, ‘That’s just it! Times have changed. You have to raise your hand now.’”

–  An eye-witness account (excerpt), after 1945. Topographie des Terrors museum, Berlin.

“When the Horst Wessel Song was sung, as a democrat of long standing I naturally did not raise my arm. The woman was standing next to me. She sang along with gusto and raised her hand high. ...

Empty Words: The Supreme Court’s unequal view of speech

 

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Today, another Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching implications for the rights of women in this country in the much-touted Hobby Lobby case will be decided. Last week’s ruling in McCullen v. Coakley striking down the 35 foot buffer zones in front of Massachusetts abortion clinics on First Amendment grounds, however, should continue to trouble us all: it is, in many ways, the triumph of unequal speech in American public life, investing more power and protection in the already-privileged at the expense of those with weaker voices.

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Today, another Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching implications for ...