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Via Jon Fasman, here are this year’s Muzzles, given each year by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. I suppose this won’t be a widespread opinion, but I’d say they go to show that the First Amendment is doing pretty well these days. Some of the items are infuriating (Texas basing tax breaks on whether you say nice things about Texas, Southwestern College banning peaceful protests practically everywhere on campus), but really, if the ten things on this list are the worst offenses of the entire year then free speech is in pretty good shape. I was expecting a lot worse.

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