George Carlin’s Free-Speech Legacy Lives On

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center vice president/executive director

George Carlin is gone, but the kinds of free-speech conflicts he skewered in his comedic routines live on. So does the national debate over where First Amendment protections end and government regulation begins on broadcast speech and speech in public.

Not all such conflicts directly involve First Amendment consideration — some are more involved with the “spirit” of free speech than with statutory definitions. But all . . .

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