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I don’t usually post on politics, and certainly not day-to-day politics. When I do post on politics, I prefer the grand timeless themes — such as the conflict between elites and non-elites — that can help us to see deeply into what’s behind the daily stuff.
And mostly I don’t post because there are a million other sites that do a much better job of that than I ever could.
Yet, today I came across some things that need saying because they are about free speech in America, and free speech is the very foundation of all other freedoms and liberties. If a government can take away your right to speak your mind, it can take away every other right you have as well.
Now, the radical extremists on the left who have in recent years sought to limit free speech on campuses are admittedly dangerous fools.
But they strike me as decidedly a minority of leftists. Mostly they are young and foolish university and college students and junior faculty. Of course, that’s bad enough and the rest of the left must zealously oppose them.
But is the left in general the enemy of free speech? I challenge anyone who thinks so to provide the polling that shows it.
On the other hand, a recent poll conducted by the reputable Ipsos house of right wing views has tellingly revealed that a full 43% of all Republicans would support the President dictatorially shutting down news outlets in America that offended him.
That compares with only 12% of Democrats who would do the same.
Think about that folks. Forty-three percent of Republicans!
Food for thought for anyone who has not already chosen to be willfully stupid about the real enemies of freedom in this country.