Disappearing Act: Are Free Speech Rights Decreasing?
Michael Conklin, Disappearing Act: Are Free Speech Rights Decreasing?, ___ ST. MARY'S L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2020).
13 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2020
This is a critical analysis of Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.’s new book, The Disappearing First Amendment. Krotoszynski provides a counter narrative to the claim that modern free speech rights have been on an upward trajectory. Examples provided to support this claim range from valid (e.g., the public forum doctrine reducing access to government property for speech activity) to misguided (e.g., decreased academic freedom). Overall the book is a worthwhile endeavor because the areas of decreasing free speech rights — such as reduced access to government property for speech activity — receive less media attention than areas of increased free speech such as those in Janus and Citizens United.
Keywords: Free speech, First Amendment, Krotoszynski, Disappearing, Academic freedom, private censorship, Williams v. Wallace, Campus free speech, Public forum doctrine,
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