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Noah Berlatsky, MA Biography

Contributing writer for The Atlantic
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“Given limited energy and resources, maybe [the ACLU] defending the rights of violent bigots isn’t the noble choice in every case – especially when those bigots predictably use their platform to silence others. Free speech absolutists [such as the ACLU] insist that free speech is the foundation of anti-fascism. But maybe anti-fascism is the basis of true free speech – in which case, defending the speech of bigots can, at least in some cases, leave us all less free.”

“The Case Against Free Speech for Fascists,”, Aug. 15, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Writer, Instaread, Jan. 2016-present
  • Contributing writer for The Atlantic, 2011-present
  • Blogger and editor,, 2009-present
  • Freelance writer and editor, LA Times, Quartz, Salon, Playboy, Jan. 2003-present
  • Freelance writer and editor, Agate Publishing, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Curriculum Director, American School of Correspondence, 1994-2010
  • MA, History, University of Chicago, 1994
  • BA, History and Creative Writing, Oberlin College, 1993
  • Twitter handle: @nberlat
Quoted in:
  1. Should the ACLU Defend Free Speech Rights of White Supremacists?