The political effort to limit free speech attacks our own values

The political effort to limit free speech attacks our own values
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Increasingly, free speech in the United States is described as a danger that needs to be controlled, as opposed to the very value that defines us as a people. While I am viewed as a “free speech purist” by many, I maintain what once was a mainstream view of free speech. I believe free speech is the greatest protection against bad speech. That view is, admittedly, under fire. … But history has shown that public or private censorship does not produce better speech. …

There is no disagreement that we face a torrent of false, hateful, extremist speech on social media and in other public forums. This speech is not without cost: It fuels those filled with rage, victimizes the gullible, and alienates the marginal in our society. …

The Constitution was written not only for times like these — it was written during times like these.

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