A First Amendment Lesson from the Anti-Suffragists

The Anti-Suffragists came late into the fray.  Ever since the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, when, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women organized to end discriminatory legislation and to press for suffrage, the activists seemed to have defined the terms of the national debate.  Yet when the issue came down to votes for women, many …

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A First Amendment Lesson From the Suffragists

An important function of the First Amendment is to protect unpopular viewpoints from governmental suppression, affording them the chance to gain acceptance in the marketplace of public opinion. Some ideas that are widely accepted today started out as detested minority viewpoints. One such idea—which was widely and bitterly opposed for nearly seventy years—is the notion …

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The Right to Listen

“Speak, your servant is listening.”–1 Samuel 3:10 “You can’t persuade people who won’t listen.” –Plato, The Republic Of the four classical virtues—wisdom, courage, temperance, justice—the ancients prized wisdom as the greatest of all. But how is wisdom attained?  Wisdom comes from knowledge.  Knowledge is gained from the search for truth.  But to seek the truth, one …

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