Dissent For Me, Not For Thee

Donald Trump’s victory exposes liberal hypocrisy on free expression and democracy.

Of all the sacred cows in the herd, none was more sacrosanct to liberals than the principle of “dissent.” Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, defined dissent as “the highest form of patriotism.” Singer/activist Harry Belafonte agreed: “Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy.” And progressive icon Noam Chomsky stated, “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it all.”

That was then; this is Trump.