Tag Archives: free speech

What? Only 60%?

Jonathan Turley reported on an interesting poll about college students and their fear of openly speaking their minds, especially in classrooms.

The Buckley annual survey found that almost 60 percent of college students fear sharing an opinion in classrooms or on campuses. That tracks other polls by different groups.  Yet, colleges and universities continue to exclude Republican and conservative faculty members and maintain environments of speech intolerance.The poll shows a sharp increase from just last year with 63% reporting feeling intimidated in sharing opinions different than their peers. That is almost identical to the 65 percent found in other polls.

Continue reading

You’re a Regular Riot, Pocahontas!

This is the sort of thing that absolutely cannot be made up. Here’s Elizabeth Warren, aka Pocahontas, weighing in on Elon Musk’s plan to return free speech to Twitter:

Continue reading

Hodgepodge of News

A hodgepodge of stories that stood out recently. First, the Republican campaign flyers just write themselves, don’t they?

Continue reading

1776!!!

At the risk of being accused of fomenting violence, We the People nevertheless proudly proclaim, “1776!”

Who knew before this week that referring to 1776–the year We the People declared our independence, citing our God-given rights–is nothing more than a “codeword” [sic] that calls for violence?

Continue reading

A Timely Reminder

Cleaning clutter, whiling away dreary locked-down hours, I ran across a little book, stored away among the effects of a small but mighty man, a legendary figure in our family, who fled to the U.S. as a political refugee during the early 1920s. His copy of the book, What Every Citizen Should Know, was printed in 1940, at the beginning of WWII, apparently a gift from a friend in the American Legion. I was particularly struck by the following two pages from the book.

Continue reading

The Silencing of James Woods

This past week, Twitter silenced James Woods–an outspoken, smart and often very funny conservative voice on social media. His crime? Retweeting and then commenting upon a satirical meme that very, very plausibly mocked the progressive left.

Continue reading

Progressive Fascism

There’s a dangerous trend in this country where progressives, having unilaterally normalized their own political point of view, now do everything they can, by any means necessary, to prevent other people from voicing opposing points of view. 

We see this on college campuses, where “snowflakes” become “triggered” simply by learning that perhaps someone with whom they disagree may be invited to speak on campus; and so to protect their fellow students from “heresy”, the snowflakes protest (or riot) until the person with the opposing view is silenced, one way or another.

Continue reading

The Right to Private Snapchats?

Recently, Google employee James Damore was fired for quite rationally and politely expressing his analysis, on a company-sponsored forum, of perceived biological differences between men and women. It seems that his comments did not comport with the politically correct views of Google’s management, so he was punished.

Now a similar issue has arisen in an private school in MO, where a group of students are under investigation by school administration for alleged “racist, profane and sexual” comments made in a private conversation on Snapchat.

Continue reading

Free Speech Rights for Some, but Not All?

These are Americans exercising their right to free speech, according to progressives and the media:

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

The Ferguson and the St. Louis County police departments, the MO Highway Patrol, the MO governor, virtually all the authorities in MO, as well as Barack Obama and Eric Holder, went out of their way to call these mobs “peaceful protesters” and to school law enforcement officers to take care not to infringe upon the First Amendment rights of these “protesters.”

Continue reading

The Spiral of Silence and the Enforcers of Right Think

Scala_a_Chiocciola_Doppia - Copy

In our last post, we learned that researchers have found that people tend to self-censor their speech, both in person and on social media, if they believe that their opinions are unpopular or in the minority. Researchers call this phenomenon the spiral of silence. The tendency to self-censor is one that others, particularly progressives, use to political advantage, when they seek to punish or destroy those with whom they disagree. Depending upon how politically incorrect their points of view are perceived to be by others, speakers quickly learn to self-censor their speech lest they find themselves singled out, investigated, and punished by the enforcers of right think. Let’s look at some recent examples of this type of punishment that goes far beyond ridicule or ostracism.

Continue reading