Creating a culture of free speech

Our free speech rights as Americans are legally secure. Government may not legally censor our speech or punish us for our speech. Illegal restrictions are quickly shut down and provoke a public outcry. So why do Americans feel less free to speak, especially over the last fifteen years? Because our culture is increasingly intolerant of opposing opinions and ready to engage in private-sector censorship at any moment. To maintain a healthy society, we need to develop a culture of free speech.

So what does that mean? It means we need to be willing to live, work and shop next to people we disagree with. We can get offended by their opinions and we can argue, but we will generally accept someone’s right to live their lives despite that disagreement. If we can adopt this mentality, it will make our society a lot less divisive and our politics a lot less nasty. So how can we build this culture?

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Right-wing cancel culture and a stupid TikTok video

“Cancel Culture” is a creation of the Left, designed to destroy the lives and careers of people who say offensive things – sometimes even for minor indiscretions. The case of Claira Janover proves that Cancel Culture also exists on the Right, with the idea that they are “fighting fire with fire.”

The problem is that “fighting fire with fire” eventually burns everyone on the battlefield. It only encourages escalation and retaliation, which leads to more from the other side. Worse yet, the Right’s embrace of Cancel Culture strengthens the radical Left’s arguments by embracing their tactics. Worse yet, the next time we oppose Cancel Culture from the Left, we will have damaged our credibility.

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Twitter’s silly censorship of President Trump

President Trump would be better off if he would stop fulminating on Twitter, and Twitter needs to learn the difference between an illegal threat and boringly normal discussions of public policy. Here is the President’s tweet that brought a rather silly moderation decision from Twitter:

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!

8:45 AM · Jun 23, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter is under increasing pressure from the Left to delete the President’s account, so they hid the tweet from public view and attached this warning:

This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.

What is the point of hiding the tweet? Twitter brings more attention to the President’s tweets by doing this. Hiding the tweet actually amplifies the President’s message. Doing this accomplishes nothing, other than virtue signaling for Leftists in Silicon Valley, “woke” users on the platform and Twitter’s own employees.

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Police brutality and rioting are both evil

Printed in the Herald-Times, July 3, 2020

To the Editor:

When undercover police officers were selling drugs on Isaac Singletary’s front lawn, he attempted to chase them off. The police then killed a citizen attempting to protect his property from what he thought were criminals. Kathryn Johnston thought she was about to be a victim of a home invasion during a no-knock SWAT raid, and attempted to defend herself. She was shot dead. Singleton was 80. Johnston was 92.

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What is hypocrisy?

One of the most common accusations we see online (on social media now, and on forums and blogs before that) is hypocrisy. Often, that accusation is true and necessary. In some cases, though, there is no “hypocrisy” and the accusation of “hypocrisy” is a smoke screen to hide from inconvenient facts or uncomfortable arguments. We need to develop the judgment needed to separate this from real hypocrisy.

Real hypocrisy is when someone excuses behavior that violates the standards or principles he has previously advocated – behavior by himself or by a public figure he is defending.

But often the best person to tell you not to do something is the person who has done it and regrets it now. When someone warns others away from a bad behavior he has abandoned, that is not hypocrisy. That is someone who has learned a lesson and cares enough to try to keep others from making the same mistake and suffering the same consequences. What is the harm in listening to that wisdom?

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Targeted by the woke mob for trying to please the mob

We keep hearing that it is not enough for white people to not be racist. Because of institutionalized white supremacy, whites must be actively anti-racist, or they are enabling a racist system. But if you try to be “anti-racist” and you do it the wrong way, you will be have your life and career ruined two years later.

This is why the “woke” cult is so toxic. There is never any forgiveness. There is no allowance for good intentions. Even if you try to follow the cult’s demands, you can be canceled for imperfect obedience. In this case, a woman wore a business suit and blackface to a Halloween party to mock Megyn Kelly, who had recently outraged Leftists for the way she spoke about blackface.

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