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Partisans United Against Free Speech: New at Reason

The culture of free speech has been deteriorating for long enough that politics, sadly and predictably, is catching up.

dane_mark/iStockdane_mark/iStockThe Supreme Court this June expanded First Amendment protections to cover public employees who don't want the state extracting union dues, voters who seek to wear political clothing or paraphernalia at the polls, and some businesses that chafe at being told by the government that they must display certain information. This has been, The Volokh Conspiracy's Jonathan H. Adler concluded, "the most speech-protective Supreme Court in our nation's history."

The citizenry, meanwhile, was moving in the opposite direction, writes Matt Welch.

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