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Profanity law’s repeal a good step toward reform

By Corey Friedman Those coarse words that escape many a driver’s lips in a traffic jam can no longer land you behind bars in North Carolina. The Regulatory Reform Act of 2015, a housecleaning bill designed to streamline the state’s … Continue reading

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A look back at 2013

Another year is in the can and another begins. That means it’s time for another obligatory year-in-review story, or as Contributing Editor Corey Friedman says: “It’s time to do this thing we do infrequently.” [We haven’t done one the past … Continue reading

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Supreme Court sets up speech zone

By William R. Toler In a somewhat surpising move, the “High Court” made a decision that would have the justices of the 60s choking on their robes: protests are now banned on Court property. An addition was made to the … Continue reading

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Buehler found guilty of cussing at cop

By William R. Toler A Texas activist was found guilty Wednesday night for cussing at a cop. Antonio Buehler, co-founder of the Peaceful Streets Project (and West Point graduate), fought a disorderly conduct charge and lost…netting a whopping $1 fine … Continue reading

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Couple cuffed for lit near Liberty Bell

By William R. Toler Oh, sweet irony. A video recently posted on YouTube features a man and woman sitting on the ground near Independence Hall handcuffed for at least 10 minutes. The reason for their detainment: passing out fliers. What’s … Continue reading

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The false Left-Right Paradigm

By Victor Pross The world has been besieged by politicians, demagogues, and media pundits alike. From the talking heads of television towers to the cut-and-paste political caricature hacks of mainstream newspapers, every authority figure in American culture is crying out, … Continue reading

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‘Screwed’ again…this time by the court

By William R. Toler “First, he was ‘screwed by the town of Cary,’…Now he’s been screwed by the Fourth Circuit…” That was the reaction of the IR’s Corey Friedman when he heard the news of a appealate court’s decision to … Continue reading

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Read our words: No new laws

By Corey Friedman When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes later this month, a flurry of new bills will flood House and Senate committees. Some would add pages to the state’s already voluminous lawbooks, and we’re not convinced that’s a … Continue reading

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Random thoughts of a borderline anarchist Part 1: Roots of a radical

By William R. Toler It’s sort of a running joke around the office that I’m the “free speech, anti-government guy.” In fact, that’s often how the executive producer introduces me to newcomers. (Despite the fact that there are at least … Continue reading

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Principal parodies are protected speech

By Corey Friedman Students who poke fun at their principal or skewer the superintendent through online parody pages could go to jail under a shortsighted state law passed last month. North Carolina’s School Violence Prevention Act defines building a fake … Continue reading

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County commissioners stifle speech

By Corey Friedman Wilson County commissioners will listen to what you have to say — as long as your words don’t cause them too much discomfort. That’s the upshot of a new code of conduct approved Monday evening. County leaders … Continue reading

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Protesters stand up for ‘offensive’ speech, against penalty

By William R. Toler Dozens of protestors joined liberty activist Adam Kokesh Monday for a protest aimed at a Massachusetts bylaw that fines profanity. Kokesh, a former marine, organized the event outside the town hall after the people of Middleborough … Continue reading

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Profanity fine leads to planned protest

By William R. Toler WARNING: In the spirit of free speech, this post is completely uncensored. A recent decision by a Massachusetts town to fine foul language has spurred a massive, planned showing of civil disobedience. Liberty activist Adam Kokesh … Continue reading

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License to blog?

By William R. Toler I love North Carolina. It’s a beautiful state, from the miles of beaches on the Atlantic Coast to the hazy hills of the southern Appalachians. But sometimes the idoacy of the “powers that be” make me sad … Continue reading

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NC city plans to limit speech

By William R. Toler As pointed out in this blog before, the threat of tyranny comes not only from the overreaching federal government, but also from local elected officials on a power trip. A city council in the Triad is … Continue reading

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