October 18, 2012

ONE WAY FREE SPEECH: The progressive vision of free speech is decidedly one-way, excluding any speech that is “hate” speech, or simply politically incorrect speech.  The latest battle is taking place on college and university campuses across the country, as this report about UC-Berkeley reveals.  The one-way topic du jour?  Palestine.

I can tell you from first-hand experience as an academic that pro-Palestine speech is freely encouraged, while pro-Israel speech is far too often labeled “hate” speech and suppressed.

Progressive free speech = one way only.  Reminds me of George Orwell’s 1984:  “Don’t you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the language of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it”

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