fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Alan Dershowitz On Free Speech

The Center’s Fall Briefing took place Monday evening at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, with Professor Alan Dershowitz as the featured speaker. Dershowitz is a tireless advocate for free speech, which was the subject of his speech.

Dershowitz warned that in American universities, core values of free speech and due process are under attack from the left. He faulted university administrators for caving in to pressure from leftist students, while praising conservative students who stand up for free speech.

Dershowitz expressed disappointment in a number of institutions, pointing out that we have no institutions that are neutral protectors of everyone’s civil liberties. He had especially harsh words for the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization on whose national board he long served. Since President Trump’s election, he said, the ACLU has become a partisan political organization. He was appalled by its recent statement that Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be subject to a presumption of guilt rather than innocence.

Dershowitz was also critical of the press, which he described as adversarial. Much of the media now prioritizes ideology over truth and opinion over reporting. He cited as an example the New York Times, which now prints one-sided “news analysis” on its front page.

While insisting that there are extremists on all sides, Dershowitz acknowledged that today, threats to free speech come mainly from the Left. President Eisenhower stood up to Senator Joseph McCarthy, he said, but where are the Democratic politicians willing to stand up agains the intolerance of the hard Left? What we have today is left-wing McCarthyism.

Professor Dershowitz, who describes himself as a liberal Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, received a warm reception from the mostly-conservative audience of 770. We couldn’t agree more with his call for an alliance of the center-right and center-left to defend civil liberties.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota: St. Cloud

    Location: St. Cloud

    Sign up HERE! Courtyard by Marriott St. Cloud 404 West Saint Germain Street St. Cloud, MN, 56301 Please join Center of the American Experiment on Tuesday, July 21 for breakfast with Center policy fellow and education expert Catrin Wigfall as she explains K-12 education in the state and its persistent disparities despite decades of increased spending. Following her presentation, Catrin will lead a Q&A session. 7:30 AM Check In and Breakfast 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude   Catrin Wigfall is a Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She is also the director of EducatedTeachersMN and EmployeeFreedomMN. Catrin’s…

    Register Now
  • Kristi Noem: The Courage to Reject a Shutdown

    Location: Online

    Sign up HERE! Join us Wednesday, July 8th for an interview with South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem over Zoom. In response to COVID-19, Noem defied the norm of a statewide shutdown and let South Dakotans choose for themselves what safety precautions to take. Tune in to this live online event to hear how Governor Noem preserved her state’s economy while still keeping citizens safe. Wednesday, July 8th at Noon CT Sign up HERE!  

    Register Now
  • Morning in Minnesota: Marshall

    Location: Marshall Golf Club

      Sign up for this event HERE! Please join Center of the American Experiment on Thursday, July 16 at Marshall Golf Club for a breakfast with Center economist, John Phelan, as he discusses Minnesota’s economic future. Following his presentation, John will lead a Q&A session. 7:30 AM Check In and Breakfast 8:00 AM Presentation 9:00 AM Conclude John Phelan is a graduate of Birkbeck College, University of London, where he earned a BSc in Economics, and of the London School of Economics where he earned an MSc. He worked in finance for ten years before becoming a professional economist. He…

    Register Now