Saturday, April 05, 2008

First Amendment? Dead.

According to U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski in a speech given at Pepperdine Law School -- the Internet has killed the First Amendment. His basic premise seemed to be that since the advent and explosion of the Internet -- the government is unable to suppress speech in any meaningful way. The First Amendment assumes government can and sometimes will limit speech, press, etc. and is there to limit the government's power. The government is powerless ergo the First Amendment is dead.

I'll have to chew on this some more. It's not as it relates to religious freedom, but can the government suppress Internet speech in a globalized world? Are parades, protests, etc. passe -- and irrelevant? That would be a new world. Better? More dangerous? Who knows?

h/t: OpinioJuris

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