George Will on Freedom Speech

  • wpid-wp-1447656698532.pngA local correspondent from Fox News interviewed George Will tonight regarding the crackdown on campuses all over the country, restricting the First Amendment rights of those who disagree with the Progressive academic stance. He shared his eloquence.

Campuses are very big on diversity on everything but thought.

The crackdown on Freedom of expression at colleges – does it matter?

It matters because we’re teaching young people that they have a capacious new entitlement. It’s the entitlement to go through life without ever being offended. Therefore they produce not freedom OF speech; but freedom FROM speech that might cause them distress or anxiety, or disrupt their serenity. There’s a universal entitlement now of serenity.

Whatever happened to, “I don’t like what you say, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say it”?*

It’s been amended. It now is, ‘I disagree with what you say, and if you continue to say it I’ll call the thought police, and have you at least relegated to a tiny little free speech zone on campus, irrespective of the fact that James Madison’s First Amendment made the entire continental U.S. a free speech zone.  (Emphasis mine)

* While the “defend to the death” quote properly summarizes the political beliefs of the French enlightenment thinker, Voltaire,  and 18th century writer to which they are so often misattributed, the words themselves were never said by him—they were said about him, in a 1906 biography called The Friends of Voltaire.  English writer Beatrice Evelyn Hall published the book under a pseudonym, S. G. Tallentyre, and intended for the line to be a reflection of Voltaire’s attitude towards Claude Adrien Helvétius, another French philosopher…  (Source)


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