Chapter 1Enough Is Enough

How and Why We Have Limited the Duration, Volume, and Location of Speech

I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe money is not speech, corporations are not people, and government should not be for sale to the highest bidder. We demand that you overturn Citizens United.

—Kai Newkirk, addressing the Supreme Court, which promptly shut him up

The Supreme Court had never seen anything like it. On February 26, 2014, a young man in the audience stood up and had the temerity to speak his mind to all nine justices. The Court bailiffs promptly arrested Kai Newkirk—they silenced his speech so that other people could be heard. And they were right to do so.

The Supreme Court strictly regulates who ...

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