The Free Speech Switcheroo

Ku Klux Klan marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., circa 1926. (Photo by: Hum Images/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

So yesterday, Sarah Isgur and I argued on The Remnant about whether Nazis should have been allowed to march in Skokie. 

The first thing you should know is that the Nazis never actually marched in Skokie, a point we weren’t sufficiently clear about, eager as we were to debate the finer points of principle and the law. 

The second thing you should know is that the Supreme Court basically said the Nazis could march in Skokie if they wanted. 

The third thing you should know is that the decision had lasting significance for America, not least because the whole episode was the inspiration of Jake Blues’ famous line, “I hate Illinois Nazis.”

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