Free Speech/Trade vs. Zoning Restrictions (published in NY Post)

The Post is wrong in claiming that the Civil Liberties Union’s defense of the rights of the owners of adult bookstores and their patrons represents the “worst tendencies of American left-liberalism.” The rights in question are the rights of free speech and free trade, the rights that underlie political and economic freedom. The tastefulness or distastefulness of what one says or trades is irrelevant. The protection of these rights, consistently and in principle, is what distinguishes a free county from a dictatorship.