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As the train wreck of 2020 steams full speed into what we have every reason to expect will be the train wreck of 2021, I’ve been thinking about how I want to apply my limited time and energy in the new year. There are certainly plenty of issues that warrant attention. After all, no problems that dogged us last year have been solved; none has even grown smaller, and a brand new set of problems is scheduled to take office in just a couple of weeks, promising a tsunami of bad judgment and its inevitable consequences.
I’ve resolved to do my best to focus most of my attention on one issue, something I consider to be of paramount importance; more important even than our foolish panic over COVID, or the frankly idiotic trans movement, or the viciousness of Antifa and hateful dishonesty of BLM, or the barely concealed self-loathing of climate catastrophism.
I want to focus on free speech.
Our ability to freely debate everything, to challenge every orthodoxy and express every view, is as close to sacred as any principle of American self-governance. That ability is under assault from a variety of powerful institutions, from tech giants to mainstream media to schools and universities to, if progressives get their way, government itself. This desire to tell us what we can say and, even worse, to compel us to say things we don’t believe, continues to gain supporters on the left, people who seem to honestly believe that there is a virtue in silencing voices of which they don’t approve. Combating this distinctly un-American intolerance for dissent and, ultimately, the right of conscience is, I believe, the most important single battle to be fought and won if we wish to prevail in any of the others.
Of course, having the ability to speak freely is of little value if we don’t use it. That duty falls to all of us, and I think those of us who value freedom are running out of time. Speak up. Find platforms that don’t censor your content or throttle its distribution, that don’t flag your posts as “wrong-think,” that don’t threaten to delete your account if you express an unapproved idea. Find those platforms and then speak out. America – normal, sane America – is underrepresented in the public square.
Speak your mind while we are still free to do so.Published in