Friday, September 28, 2007

Freedom of Speach and Publishing the Unspeakable

Captain Ed at Captains Quarters has a great blog article today about the real meaning of our freedom of speech. See

Ed and an NRO article he sites correctly point out that the first amendment merely means the Government is not supposed to interfere with our expression of ideas most of the time. It does not mean private parties, associations, or entities must provide platforms or publication to anybody Though there are some times and places where a private location may become a public forum that cannot be arbitrarily closed to some speech, there is no mandate to help anybody to be heard.

So, there may be reasons for and against risking the costs of inviting liars, enemies, and dangerous demagogues to deceive to audiences at universities, but the First Amendment is not one of them.

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