From business talk show host John Stossel:
Support for the idea that it’s good to hear all opinions, even offensive ones, is thin. A plurality of Americans now support laws against “hate speech.”
Conservatives once wanted to ban Playboy magazine, violent rap lyrics and offensive depictions of Jesus. Leftists then were right to fight such bans, but today leftists encourage censorship in the name of “tolerance.”
Scientist Matt Taylor helped land a probe on a comet for the first time in history. But because he explained his achievement while wearing a T-shirt that had cartoons of sexy women on it (designed by a female friend of his), writer Rose Eveleth of The Atlantic tweeted that Taylor “ruined” the comet landing. The public outcry against him was so great that he cried at an apologetic press conference.
Mot hate speech is not true but all truth is hate speech to someone. That is why laws aganst it are so pernicious. It is the closest thing to a law of nature that such laws will be bent to suppress merely unpopular opinions.
See also: Progressive students devour their own It makes for painful reading. These are our future ‘crats.
Is it too late? Answering a question with a question: How many of our neighbours even care? Can’t we all just blame someone we already dislike for the problems and demand government help? And otherwise shut up in the face of thugs, ‘crats, and terrorists?