The Power of Speech


Anti-democratic forces undermine democracies by using democratic principles.

Jelani Cobb Staff writer at The New Yorker


Our country is in the midst of a heated debate about the limits of free speech — and it manifests in a number of contexts. How should the problem of hate speech be resolved, especially as it becomes harder in the internet age to draw the line between protected speech and incitement to violence? Have college campuses lost their way in this controversy? Does the marketplace of ideas need more serious regulation? Or are the dangers presented by regulation so severe that we ought to limit it as much as possible? Are we in need of a fundamental reset of the bedrock principles and law regarding freedom of speech?

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