If you care about the First Amendment and free speech, here is a “must read”

Over at Concurring Opinions, the prolific Professor Ron Collins, just as he did with Judge Posner, conducts a fascinating interview with First Amendment icon, Burt Neuborne. Among other things, the post consists of:

__ a discussion of Neuborne’s new new book, Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment

— a biographical sketch of Neuborn’s life work in the First Amendment area

— a discussion of his interpretive approach to the First Amendment

— a discussion of his views re the relationship between free speech and democracy

— a discussion of his views on Cass Sunstein’s 1993 book Democracy & the Problem of Free Speech

— a discussion of his views on the campaign finance laws

— a discussion of his views of the ACLU’s position on the campaign finance cases

— a discussion of his views of views on a constitutional amendment to overrule Buckley and its progeny

— a discussion of his views on the ACLU’s brief in McCullen v. Coakley (2014)

— and some closing comments on his future.

This post has several photos in it, including two of the young Neuborne and another of Neuborne white water rafting with then Judge RBG.

If you have an interest in free speech, this interview is required reading. Collins again distinguishes himself with his original scholarship on contemporary legal history.


Judge Posner: “Very nice for fat cats and enemies of abortion.”

That is the judge’s answer to the question: “The Roberts Court has rendered 36 First Amendment free expression rulings. How would you characterize the First Amendment jurisprudence of the current Court?” Ronald K. Collins, On Free Expression & the First Amendment — More Questions for Judge Posner, Concurring Opinions (December 10, 2014).

Fascinating discussion. You should read the entire article. I am interested in your views about Judge Posner’s views.


H/t How Appealing.

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