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Williams: Why Liberals Have Flip-Flopped on Free Speech

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 2, 2018

“And I’ve gradually changed my mind about it. What I have come to see is that it’s a mistake to think of free speech as an effective means to accomplish a more just society.”

The progressive/socialist/antifa view-free speech is great as long as I agree with what is said.

These are the government school people molding your millennial culture kids.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/01/williams-why-liberals-have-flip-flopped-on-free-speech/

by Thomas D. williams, PH.D.

In a remarkably honest exposé, the New York Times acknowledged Saturday that “liberals who once championed expansive First Amendment rights are now uneasy about them” ever since conservatives realized they should apply to them as well.

The Times cites First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams who noted that whereas the left once led support for First Amendment protections, they are now “at least skeptical and sometimes distraught at the level of First Amendment protection which is being afforded in cases brought by litigants on the right.”

The difference between then and now? Many of the ideas currently being protected by free speech rights run contrary to progressive ideology. Over the last 13 years, the Supreme Court “has been far more likely to embrace free-speech arguments concerning conservative speech than liberal speech,” the Times said.

One law professor at Georgetown, Louis Michael Seidman, who used to defend free speech now sees his prior position as a mistake.

“When I was younger, I had more of the standard liberal view of civil liberties,” Seidman said. “And I’ve gradually changed my mind about it. What I have come to see is that it’s a mistake to think of free speech as an effective means to accomplish a more just society.”

Catharine A. MacKinnon, a law professor at the University of Michigan, goes further still, declaring that free speech reinforces and amplifies injustice because it is now being used to defend ideas she finds distressing….

 

Speech does not need to be intelligent or compelling to be worthy of protection.

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One Response to “Williams: Why Liberals Have Flip-Flopped on Free Speech”

  1. MillennialMerit said

    If we are to protect free speech, we do it regardless of content or speaker. To do otherwise would be discrimination based upon one of our key inalienable rights.

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