Last updated on: 12/11/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Noah Berlatsky, MA Biography

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

“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,” qz.com, Aug. 15, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Writer, Instaread, Jan. 2016-present
  • Contributing writer for The Atlantic, 2011-present
  • Blogger and editor, www.hoodedutilitarian.com, 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
Education:
  • MA, History, University of Chicago, 1994
  • BA, History and Creative Writing, Oberlin College, 1993
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @nberlat
Quoted in:
  1. Should the ACLU Defend Free Speech Rights of White Supremacists?