Here in Bushitler’s Amerikka, free speech is only a right if you’re…. a leftist???
The above-linked page is a interesting account of one high school student’s attempt to excercise his freedom of speech at school. Even if you don’t agree with his politics – and if you’re reading this, you probably don’t – the behaviour of his philosophical opponents should give you pause. In particular, the branding of an offensive political message as “hate speech” – a tactic that seems to be particularly favored by today’s Left. The threats and insults can be dismissed as the output of the inevitable rude minority which blights any political group of sufficient size. But the efforts to avoid “offensiveness” at all costs is one of the most disturbing trends away from freedom in academia and in society at large. As long as there is freedom of expression there will always be somebody offended by it.