Areopagitica is not a new Greek porn star

Kevin D. Williamson writes of “The war on free speech on campus and beyond.”

That fact — the fact that one of our two major political parties has made gutting the Bill of Rights and suppressing political speech one of its top priorities — should be the central debate of the 2016 election. But it isn’t, to our national shame…

If Areopagitica were a new Greek porn star, we might rouse ourselves to bother for a moment about the prospects of government censorship. But free speech as a principle? Of course, unless we don’t like it. The Founders knew that liberty is never really popular, and that it cannot be entrusted to elected officials who must answer in the end to the demos, which is why they put the first liberties first, right there in the First Amendment.

Earlier in the piece he had this to say about corporations:

There has been a great deal of daft argument about this, including the insistence by some on the left that the idea that corporations can enjoy civil rights is a modern right-wing innovation. But if the First Amendment prevents the federal government from censoring the New York Times, then whose rights are being protected if not those of the New York Times, which is a corporation?

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One Response to Areopagitica is not a new Greek porn star

  1. Paul Marks says:

    The attack on Freedom of Speech is indeed terrible. As for “corporations” – churches, universities, clubs, charities (and so on) are all corporations, And they all engage in for-profit economic activity.

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