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Free Speech Will Survive This Moment

Optimists and pessimists offered competing visions for the future of the First Amendment at The Atlantic Festival.
Source: Kris Tripplaar / The Atlantic Festival

Can you name five democratic values that all of the “tribes” in our nation share? That’s the question the historian Elizabeth Griffin posed Tuesday during a panel at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., prompting a debate about what, if anything, really unites today’s Americans.  

For Jeffrey Rosen, who leads the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan organization charged by Congress to increase understanding of the Constitution, the American creed resides in the Declaration of Independence––that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that

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