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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Celebrate Freedom Day 2016 with FEE!

Join Us and Watch Great Live Events from the National Constitution Center

Today, join FEE and the National Constitution Center in celebrating Freedom Day 2016, exploring the state of free speech in America, including how it is exercised, threatened, and defended.

The event is co-sponsored by Facebook, the Charles Koch Institute, Students For Liberty, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and many other friends of freedom.

FEE President Lawrence Reed commented,

Although we at FEE celebrate human freedom daily, Freedom Day is a time we hope everyone in our great country will reflect on the uniqueness of the liberty we enjoy — not only in the world, but also throughout history. We know that although we cannot take freedom for granted, not everyone feels benefited from the ideas of freedom. We at FEE pledge ourselves to their preservation, advancement, and awareness in everything we do.

Freedom makes life worth living.Freedom is far more than just one of many viable options in life. It is, in fact, what makes life worth living. Can you imagine what life would be like in its absence — as it is so completely in a place like North Korea?

We are not robots. Each of us is a unique and precious human being, and none of us can be fully human — we can’t be fully who we are — without the freedom to make our own choices as much as possible, so long as we are as respectful of the rights, property, and lives of others, as we hope they would be of ours.

Furthermore, as wonderful and life-enriching as freedom is, it’s never automatic or guaranteed. There’s nothing about it that says your children will have it just because you did. It can be easily lost, and quickly too, by bad ideas at home, just surely as it can be taken at the hands of hostile powers from abroad.

Of all the billions of people who have ever lived, it’s doubtful that more than a single-digit percentage of them lived without fear of a powerful lord of the manor, or a king of the realm, or a slave master, a dictator, an emperor, a tyrant or even an overbearing, intrusive legislative body.

Freedom requires our constant attention.Just as freedom encourages us to be people of character, it cannot be sustained if our character erodes. Freedom requires our constant attention because the world is full of the kind of people and temptations that would extinguish it if they could.

So let us celebrate freedom on this special day, and on all days as well.

Hear, hear!

​Freedom Day events kick off at 2 pm eastern with a mock Supreme Court oral argument on Fisher v. University of Texas, debating the constitutionality of UT’s racial preferences in university admissions.

Later events include:

  • Should We Restrict Speech Promoting Terrorism Online?​” at 4:30 pm
  • The Next Justice and the Future of Free Speech” at 5:20 pm
  • Free Speech on Campus​” at 6:10 pm
  • What the Founding Documents Can Teach Us About Freedom​” at 7:00 pm.

You can watch the live stream here:

If you can’t wait, you can watch events and debates from Freedom Day 2015 here, including this discussion on religious freedom in the 21st century:

  • The Foundation for Economic Education, founded 1946, works for a free and prosperous world.