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A man is arrested by North Dakota Law Enforcement during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Anti-Mask Law Aimed at #NoDAPL Riots Is Understandable but Still Silly

Anti-Mask Law Aimed at #NoDAPL Riots Is Understandable but Still Silly

Over the last year, as riotous extremists descended on North Dakota to sow violence and discord as a means to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, it became not at all unusual to see photos of said extremists wearing masks covering their face. North Dakota lawmakers want to make that act – wearing a mask during

Jack Russell Weinstein, a UND philosophy professor of 16 years, was recently included on ProfessorWatchList.org which seeks to collect "specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls."

Professor Watch Lists Are Dumb, but Don’t Ignore Academia’s Hostility to Right-of-Center Thinking

In an editorial today the Grand Forks Herald rightly denounces ProfessorWatchlist.org, a database which seeks to collect “specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” What occasioned the Herald’s reaction was the inclusion of a professor of philosophy from the University of North Dakota on the list. “A huge reason why so

John Tweten of Grafton, N.D. is voting for Donald Trump. (Jaison Empson/CBC News)

For Over 100 Years North Dakotans Didn’t Have the Right to Free Speech on Election Day

The long, dreary national election ends today. How long and dreary has it been? “In the time since the first major-party nominees announced their candidacy in early 2015, our then-5-month-old baby has become a walking, talking toddler and our spirited kindergartner has become an even more spirited second-grader,” my colleague Kris Kerzman writes in a

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event in support of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,U.S., September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Barack Obama Thinks We Have Too Much Free Speech, Proposes Safe Spaces From Scary Ideas

A provocative headline? Sure. But I’m not sure how else to interpret these comments made by President Obama recently at a conference in Pittsburgh: “We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” Obama said at an innovation conference in Pittsburgh. “There has to

UND presidential candidate Mark Kennedy answers questions during his interview with the State Board Higher Education on Tuesday morning at UND Gorecki Alumni Center. (Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)

UND President Rejects Student Demands for “Zero Tolerance” Policy Towards Controversial Speech

College campuses are, on the whole these days, not an entirely welcoming place when it comes to controversial speech. From comedians afraid to tell provocative jokes at college gigs to political speakers unwelcome becomes they don’t adhere to certain progressive dogmas, America’s campuses have developed a belligerent sort of opposition to diversity of thought and speech.

Hey Republicans, Leave Facebook Alone

I was as disturbed as anyone at the news that Facebook has been gaming its own influential trending topics list, suppressing conservative news stories and inserting other stories management felt were important. But does Congress really need to get involved? WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee demanded on Tuesday that Facebook explain

Maybe Money Can’t Buy Elections

A rallying cry of the left in recent years has been the denunciation of money in politics. Particularly after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. FEC which found that political spending is 1st amendment protected free speech. The right decision, I think. Why shouldn’t we be able to spend our money promoting the ideas

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Can A City Commission Block Someone From Speaking Because Of What They Might Say?

Over at Watchdog today I write about a situation in Valley City where city officials prohibited a man from speaking to the city commission because of what he might say. What local businessman Bob Drake wanted to tell city commissioners is that Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson should be terminated immediately, instead of being

Valley City Bans Citizen From Addressing City Council

I think the folks leading the City of Valley City need to look up what the term “prior restraint” means. According to this report in the Fargo Forum, a local citizen who wants to disband the city’s police department and fire the police chief immediately was prohibited from addressing the city council because of what he might have

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