By Jacob Mchangama and Nadine Strossen

The article argues that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, has historically been most important for marginalized and powerless groups in society. The author notes that wealthy and powerful individuals and institutions have always had the means to make their voices heard, while minority groups and individuals have had to fight for their right to free expression. The article also discusses recent controversies over free speech on college campuses and social media platforms, and argues that we must prioritize protecting the speech of marginalized groups, even if it means limiting the speech of more powerful individuals or institutions.

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Jacob Mchangama is the Founder and Executive Director of The Future of Free Speech. He is also a research professor at Vanderbilt University and a Senior Fellow at The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE).