I thought free speech was a well understood constitutional principle in our country. Well litigated and well resolved. UC Berkeley was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Free speech? Not so much anymore it seems.
Ann Coulter’s canceled Berkeley speech has set off a delightful firestorm, and now we are in the midst of an absurd free speech debate that’s opened an oozing chasm on the left.
The recent protests on college campuses from Berkeley to NYU have shown that loud lefties are using fascism to curtail free speech.
Violence has erupted to squash words, so sticks and stones may break your bones, and they may be used to forcefully silence unpopular ideas. You know it’s an interesting debate when Liz Warren, Bernie Sanders and Bill Maher are, for once, on the right side of it
However, the left is not in lockstep, as a New York Times oped from NYU comparative literature professor Ulrich Baer shows some commies are more than happy to force their enemies into silence. He writes:
“Freedom of expression is not an unchanging absolute.”
Yes it is. He continues…
The recent student demonstrations…should be understood as an attempt to ensure conditions of free speech for a greater group of people rather than censorship”
He goes on to say when monsters like Milo & Ann Coulter step foot on a safe space haven, their mere presence and thoughts aggrieve the oppressed.