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A Simple Choice

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” — West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 642 (1943) (Robert H. Jackson, J.).


I’ll tell you what you can talk about in school — DeSantis to expand ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law to all grades.

Justice Jackson

Justice Robert Jackson

Wrong Choice

Choose wisely.

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Panel Discussion on the DeSantis-Orban Connection

Not about food

Illustration by Tyler Comrie, from New Yorker story Does Hungary Offer a Glimpse of Our Authoritarian Future?. Not affiliated with Floersheimer Center.

The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy invites you to:

Why Florida Copied its “Don’t Say Gay” Bill from Hungary & What It Means for Democracy in the United States

November 1, 2022, 5-6:30pm

On the eve of mid-term elections in which polls find large majorities of Americans worried about the future of U.S. democracy, scholars and journalists are tracking growing interest here in the successful path of autocratic leaders abroad.  Do once-democratic countries like Hungary offer American populists a meaningful roadmap for reforming the structures of U.S. democratic governance and constitutional law? Join Senior Vox Correspondent Zack Beauchamp, Princeton Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Ukrainian Visiting Professor Dmytro Vovk, and University Professor Michel Rosenfeld for a discussion of the growing challenges facing the project of U.S. constitutional democracy. Professor Deborah Pearlstein moderates.

Registration required for both remote and in-person (at Cardozo Law School in NYC) attendance.

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