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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Arkansas Town Bans Unauthorized Clubs

“Be careful before starting a Boy Scout troop in Gould, Ark. Or a Harry Potter fan club. Or a baseball team. The City Council adopted an ordinance last week making it illegal to form any kind of group without its permission. That is a clear violation of the Constitution, legal scholars agree. But it is also a sign of just how nasty politics has gotten in Gould, a farming town of 1,100 some 70 miles southeast of Little Rock, where members of the Council have struggled with a local political group that seeks to influence how the town is governed.” (New York Times)

What will they think of next?

FEE Timely Classic
“On Freedom of Association” by Charles W. Baird