The ACLU loses its way

I was always a big fan of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), admiring their single-minded dedication to preserving our civil liberties, most notably those specified by the First Amendment. But they also saved my bacon when I took the government to court for drafting me illegally as a conscientious objector. When I went to … Continue reading The ACLU loses its way

The ACLU unconvincingly denies accusations of “mission creep”

Three days ago I highlighted a New York Times piece, “Once a bastion of free speech, the A.C.L.U. faces an identity crisis“. (This was a news report, not an op-ed.) It obviously hit home at the ACLU, because on the organization’s website their legal director, David Cole, has written a long piece defending the ACLU … Continue reading The ACLU unconvincingly denies accusations of “mission creep”

An interview with ACLU great Ira Glasser

Ira Glasser was head of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1978 until 2001, and his name is familiar to those who keep an eye on civil liberties. As Wikipedia notes: The ACLU website credits Glasser with transforming the American Civil Liberties Union from a ‘mom and pop’-style operation concentrated mainly in a few … Continue reading An interview with ACLU great Ira Glasser

How the ACLU got woke, became political, and changed its mission

I’ve written before about the newish movie “Mighty Ira“, a documentary about former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) head Ira Glasser and his involvement in civil-liberties litigation in the 1970s (see my posts here and here). I highly recommend the movie, as it’s not just about Glasser or the ACLU, but also involves baseball, Jackie … Continue reading How the ACLU got woke, became political, and changed its mission

ACLU staff attorney calls for censorship of Abigail Shrier’s book on gender dysphoria

What’s happened to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a crying shame. And I say this even though I volunteered for them, have been a member on and off, and was the recipient of their largesse when, for no fee, they represented me and four other defendants in a class-action suit about illegal drafting … Continue reading ACLU staff attorney calls for censorship of Abigail Shrier’s book on gender dysphoria

Michelle Goldberg on why the Left needs the ACLU to keep defending odious speech

I recently kvetched about the American Civil Liberty Union’s (ACLU’s) movement against defending freedom of speech and towards social-justice initiatives, objecting both to the kinds of issues that the ACLU is now tackling (taking the side of those offended by “hate speech” and rejecting defense of the First Amendment), and to their entering an area … Continue reading Michelle Goldberg on why the Left needs the ACLU to keep defending odious speech

ACLU admits it screwed up by changing RBG’s words; Michelle Goldberg explains why the changes were misleading

A week ago I called attention to a tweet by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that quoted but redacted some words by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). The ACLU made six changes in just one short quote, including an omission. Here’s what they tweeted: With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, … Continue reading ACLU admits it screwed up by changing RBG’s words; Michelle Goldberg explains why the changes were misleading

The ACLU backs off defending free speech in favor of promoting social justice

Reason.com, a libertarian site, reports on a leaked memo from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that makes it pretty clear that the organization wants to ratchet back on defending free speech that is “hate speech”, i.e., speech that goes after “marginalized groups” (see below). You can discount the Reason.com article if you want, but … Continue reading The ACLU backs off defending free speech in favor of promoting social justice

Increasingly cowardly ACLU backs down over free speech tweet

Now what could possibly be wrong with this tw**t by the American Civil Liberties Union showing a kid with an American flag and a stuffed toy wearing an ACLU “free speech” shirt? This is the future that ACLU members want. pic.twitter.com/bAIwuheEco — ACLU (@ACLU) August 23, 2017 Are you kidding me? You’ve been around here long … Continue reading Increasingly cowardly ACLU backs down over free speech tweet

Matt Taibbi on National Public Radio’s trashing of free speech

It’s dispiriting to start the day dealing with an NPR piece like this, in which the New York branch produced a nationally-broadcast 50-minute discussion of free speech featuring no defenders of free speech. Instead, we hear from several guests who all advocate (without explicitly saying so) some kind censorship. The issue, of course, is hate … Continue reading Matt Taibbi on National Public Radio’s trashing of free speech