Strangling free speech and — its sibling open mindedness — is usually associated with conservatives. Might be time to reconsider.
Commencement speeches remind columnist George Will of several free speech controversies. “Free speech is more comprehensively and aggressively embattled now than ever before in American history, largely because of two 19th-century ideas,” he says.
Agree or disagree with him, his column in the Washington Post is a useful compendium of recent efforts to stifle free speech — usually at our institutions of “inquiry” and learning.