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Don’t Cancel the First Amendment

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The least powerful gain the most from it

Of all the strange and fanciful notions that have bubbled up to the surface of our politics in recent decades, the idea that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution represents a boon to the “ruling class” must be the silliest one of all. 

And yet, bubbled up it most certainly has. Per a poll conducted last year by the Campaign for Free Speech, 59 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 agreed with the proposition that the First Amendment should be altered to “reflect the cultural norms of today,” 50 percent favored the criminalization of “hate

This article appears as “Where All May Speak ” in the July 27, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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