The details aren’t the same. The substance of the legal arguments are different. 1925 is not 2008. But the underlying themes are oddly similar, and the ways they have played out — then as now — are eerily unsettling, even chilling.
And so we add new chapters to the ongoing saga. The struggle of the Enlightenment ideal (the autonomy of the individual and his/her inalienable right to think, speak, challenge and prod) versus the Communitarian ideal (a collective consciousness of group identities, and the sometimes illiberal tendencies of groups to recoil when their identities, practices or beliefs are challenged or prodded) plays out again.