Magazine October 14, 2019, Issue

Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Proposal Would Silence Dissent

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Free speech protects advocacy groups, not just individuals ranting on street corners

Throughout the 2000s, then–Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren wanted desperately to influence members of Congress. She wanted the government to enact stricter regulations on banks and home loans, and she vigorously advocated that policy. She testified before Congress, worked with a number of groups to promote her plans, and shared her perspectives with as many policymakers as possible. As she recounted in a presidential town hall this year: “I was waving my arms, ringing the bell, doing everything I could. I said families are getting cheated all over this country. . . . I went everywhere I could. I talked about

This article appears as “Silencing the Dissent  ” in the October 14, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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