1. Amazing how quickly that whole critique of the ACLU as not sufficiently defending free speech goes out the window when the ACLU defends free speech in the Supreme Court and wins.
2. Also how amazing how the same people who depict “woke” students as anti-free speech denigrate those very students as unserious when they take a free speech case all the way to the Supreme Court and win 8-1.
3. Here is a write-up of the very righteous free speech case that the ACLU and “woke” students won in the Supreme Court today. Too bad Andrew Sullivan is so disrespectful of the sacred principle of free speech. Surely the end of liberalism is nigh. nytimes.com/2021/06/23/us/…
4. Better not tell this yahoo about Morse v. Frederick or Cohen v. California.

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