Mercury News Commentary On Free Speech Features ​Insights From Politics Professor Steve Woolpert

San Jose Mercury News logoA Mercury News article on the messiness involved in defending free speech in our nation—especially repugnant speech, by East Bay Times Columnist Gary Peterson, ​includes​ insights from Saint Mary's Politics Professor Steve Woolpert. ​Peterson's opinion piece "No worries, Trump — First Amendment still protecting free speech, even yours​,"​ features​ several key observations by Woolpert about the first amendment's history in protecting vitriolic language in the political arena and in government, including references to the founding of the country, civil war and in today's political environment, with hardline rhetoric about immigration. A former dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Woolpert's academic research includes the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court.

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Friday, March 17, 2017