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It is easy to criticize a sensationalist talk show for, say, giving a neo-Nazi a platform to voice hateful rhetoric. But by exposing these sorts of people rather than censoring them, these shows reveal the underlying inconsistencies in their doctrines. Instead of appearing frightening, these people’s platitudes appear as inane as they really are.
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One way of life is based upon the will of the majority, and is distinguished by free institutions, representative government, free elections, guarantees of individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from political oppression.
The second way of life is based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority. It relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio; fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms.
Avant-garde artistes such as respondents remain entirely free to épater les bourgeois [shock the middle classes]; they are merely deprived of the additional satisfaction of having the bourgeoisie taxed to pay for it. It is preposterous to equate the denial of taxpayer subsidy with measures 'aimed at the suppression of dangerous ideas.'
So articulate a principle, and lay out a feasible, constructive, positive vision for who can say what, when, on campus, that does not result in even further defunding and politicized assaults on our public universities. Then we could have a debate. Or else stop pretending that you actually care about this issue beyond your desire to be part of the right tribe.
Academic freedom and free expression on campus are a good example of this condition. I am a staunch defender of these things — not in spite of the fact that I am a leftist, but because I am a leftist, as support for civil liberties is a time-honored and existential facet of American socialism. But many people who self-identify on the left disagree with me.
I am not asking for government censorship or any other kind of censorship. I am asking whether a kind of censorship already exists when the news that forty million Americans receive each night is determined by a handful of men responsible only to their corporate employers and filtered through a handful of commentators who admit to their own set of biases.
The purpose of actual moral discourse is to present people with a set of alternative behaviors they can perform to avoid doing harm. The purpose of bogus moral grandstanding is to align yourself with people in your broad social circle, to advance your personal brand and demonstrate to others that you’re the right kind of person.
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