Why free speech is under attack, from right and left

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Harry Bruinius

“The civic value of freedom of speech, enshrined in the First Amendment and woven throughout American culture, is often called the bedrock of liberty, the first principle on which all other political rights derive. The free exercise of religion, a free press, the right to peaceably assemble and express grievances to the government and petition change — the basic right to speak up and speak out without the government interfering is, in theory, the cornerstone of American democracy. But the nation has long struggled with it. In many ways, the country’s First Amendment ideals have been defined as much by the exceptions as the affirmations. Throughout American history, state and federal governments (as well as cultural practices) have deemed some public speech too dangerous.” (07/01/21)