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    Join us for a live (online) event: Constitutional Rights in the Age of Government Overreach

    Join us for a live (online) event: Constitutional Rights in the Age of Government Overreach

    New date and time: SUNDAY, April 26, 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    NOTE: Event originally planned for Thursday night April 23, but has been moved to Sunday Night, April 26. at 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    We will have a new post with the live feed on the website here, you also can save this link to the Facebook event page that will have the live feed as well.

    We’d hoped to have have our next and third speaking tour and a handful of Reader Receptions in Florida this past March. But, like the rest of the world, our plans were foiled by a Chinese lab experiment gone wrong (or right).

    In person events are out of the question for the foreseeable future, depending on the fascist level of state governance, so in the mean time, we’ll be joining the droves of online conference goers and will host our first ever online webinar Sunday, April 26th at 8:30 PM ET.

    It’s a brave new world and a new experience for us, but we’re excited to keep the ball rolling, even if the modern world is shut down.

    Petty tyrants are flexing their tiny muscles to put the squeeze on individual liberty in the midst of a global crisis (because that’s what cowards do) and all in the name of safety. But what about our rights? How do they square with safety issues in the midst of a global pandemic?

    I’ll be hosting Professor Jacobson’s discussion of Constitutional Rights in the Age of Government Overreach.

    More information is forthcoming TOMORROW, so be sure you have subscribed to Morning Insurrection for all the details on our upcoming live event.

    Professor Jacobson will be taking some (not all, because time is finite) questions from our wonderful readers. If you have questions pertaining to government overreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, leave them in the comment section beneath (ON THIS POST). If you’ve left comments on the previous post, don’t worry, we’ve gotcha covered there, too.

    We’ll do our best to get to as many questions as possible. It’s not quite the same as being able to meet you in person and bump elbows, but we’re excited nonetheless.

    Thanks for being part of the Legal Insurrection family. We look forward to taking your questions!


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    rdmdawg | April 26, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Any chance we can get this for non-facebook-users? I can’t stand facebook, I’ve never had an account, and I can’t access any ‘open’ content without ‘logging in’. Facebook is evil, you should not use it.

    Blaise MacLean | April 26, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Prof. Jacobson: My question relates to the First Amendment, and an internal problem within it which is affecting the people of the US to govern themselves as contemplated by the Founders.

    The US is a republic. It is a self-governing republic in which the people are the government and who govern themselves through representatives. In order to govern themselves the people need information, which is the role of the media.

    The First Amendment recognizes individual (as opposed to group) rights…religion, speech, assembly etc. The only protected First Amendment right that conceptually is “group-like” is the press. And clearly its function is about allowing the people to govern themselves.

    The press, however, under the guise of its First Amendment shield has begun operating AGAINST the other rights. Before the pandemic it had attacked religion and speech and since the pandemic began it has ratcheted up those attacks and augmented them by attacks on assembly.

    At the same time it has used its greatest power, that of suppression, to prevent the public at large from being informed of facts/information that run counter to their narrative. And they are monolithic.

    President Trump accused “fake news” (a specific genre of online lies) as being an enemy of the people but, of course the media distorted this to say he meant this to apply to all media.

    And yet, I suggest, it COULD apply to all media because the entire monolithic media is preventing the public from having good information by which they can inform AND GOVERN themselves. Apart from suppression is distortion and falsehood (as seen very recently with the bleach injection lie).

    As such the media HAS become the enemy of the people. In their malignancy they are a real obstruction to the self-governing by the American people. And, unlike the three branches of government who supposedly have checks and balances upon their power, the media has none. Indeed it is completely shielded by the First Amendment as it wages war against the others.

    So my question is (apart from declaring the media a branch of government or a political party) how can individual rights protected under the Constitution…and the republic form of government…be protected and preserved when one impune entity is at war against the others?

    Sally MJ | April 26, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Will the event be on the LI site, so we can watch it later, for those of us who can’t tune in live?

    A Punk Named Yunk | April 26, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I had hoped there would be a URL posted so I could join the meeting. I am not on FaceBook and will not join that life-sucking site just for the sake of Dr. Jacobson’s lecture.

    If that URL is hiding somewhere in the announcement, I wish you’d have made it more obvious. 🙁

      I’m not a Facebook fan, either, but I am watching it on the website just fine. Do you have ad blockers, etc. on? You may need to temporarily disable them to view the presentation (I had to). I hope this helps! The presentation is very informative and interesting! 🙂

        Sally MJ in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | April 26, 2020 at 9:07 pm

        Please tell us how to get in. I’ve been on for 50 minutes!

          Sally, I am not sure what you are seeing. When you go to the post, what happens? Can you not see the embedded livestream video at all? If not, try disabling ad blockers (you should have an option to do this on the bottom of your screen). Once you do that, you will just reload the page by clicking the reload icon by the address bar. Once you do that, you should see the embedded livestream video, to start it, just click on it.

    Sally MJ | April 26, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Ugh! I’ve been tuning in since 5:15 pm!

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