Sunday, August 5, 2018


Patricia Farrington The idea of falsely shouting "fire" in a crowded theater arose from the Supreme Court's 1919 decision in the case Schenck v. United States. The Court ruled unanimously that the First Amendment, though it protects freedom of expression, does not protect dangerous speech. Seems to me that encouraging hate speech and giving it a platform is how we arrived where we are in America now and I also believe that it gave rise to the promotion of hatred via Trump!
Watching it live-streamed, it was very apparent that the police were more interested in blocking the counter protestors than the rightwingers, possibly because cops are generally more right wing. Also, these fascist come mostly from out of state, because Portland is a sanctuary city and they are anti immigration nationalists. Some of the right wing leaders wore t shirts with the statement Pinochet was right. He was a homicidal dictator in Chili. On the back of the tshirt was bodies dropped from helicopters, which they said was antifa.

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