We must defend free speech

In an incredibly disturbing article, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/opinion/what-liberal-snowflakes-get-right-about-free-speech.html, the author makes the claim that ‘The idea of freedom of speech does not mean a blanket permission to say anything anybody thinks.’

Of course, that is precisely what freedom of speech means. But the point we should remember here is not what free speech means. The point we should remember is that just because we currently have a right, does not mean it is safe from attack. This article is an attempt to get rid of the right to free speech, not by attacking free speech directly, but by the intellectually dishonest tactic of redefining it. But we must defend free speech against all forms of attack. We must defend all our rights against attacks. ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’

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3 thoughts on “We must defend free speech

  1. This article was appalling. It almost read like a parody….but no, apparently, these really are the opinions of senior administrators in top US universities. I’m not sure weather to laugh or cry.

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    1. Yeah, this was a very short blog for me, but I thought this was a strong reminder that we must defend the freedoms we take for granted.
      Note that Howard Dean, democrat superdelegate and corporate lobbyist, has also said that free speech does not mean free speech.

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      1. Though I care passionately about this topic, I find it hard to engage in any productive discourse with the many many people who are ready and willing to set strong limits on speech. I often can’t even follow their logic…

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