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Friday, July 01, 2005

Hayward Explains "Negative Liberty" Link Between Kelo Supreme Court Decision and FEC Regulating of Political Speech on the Internet

SkepticsEye.com's Alyson Hayward has an important piece on NRO today that explains in terms that even a congressman or political science professor can understand how the Supreme Court's Kelo decision is connected to the current deliberations of the Federal Elections Commission on proposed regulation of political speech on the Internet.

The link is the "negative liberty" guaranteed by the Constitution when it bans government from doing something in a particular arena. The First Amendment, for example, says Congress shall make no law regarding freedom of speech or press.

Hayward is a former FEC staffer and knows the place well. She's also a lawyer and it shows well in her analysis, which makes this vital point, among others:

"If the liberty of the press means anything, it means that individuals, groups, and entities should be able to publish their opinions. One of the beautiful things about Internet communications is that they are not invasive. Unlike broadcast agitprop, the reader needs to seek out the commentary to be exposed to it."

You can read all of Alyson's NRO post here.