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  • Writer's pictureAli Assareh

Today in Legal History: The First Amendment doesn't protect you! (December 15, 1791)

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Today, December 15, 1791, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.

There is a common misconception around the First Amendment: The First Amendment to the US Constitution (the “free speech” amendment) is a prohibition on the GOVERNMENT, not people or businesses!

The government cannot suppress free speech; but people can boycott products, businesses can restrict employees, and networks can cancel broadcasters, all because of speech — the Constitution has nothing to say about that!

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