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Monday, November 10, 2014

Freedom From Speech

It happens here too. 

Under the guise of
"civil discourse," people are pressured to fall into line with the prevailing attitude on a variety of topics.  If one has differing ideas they must be spoken politely, without anger or irritation, and deal in generalities. In other words, "Don't rock the boat (too much) or we will label you as misinformed and untouchable."  

It starts in elementary school, or perhaps younger, when children are protected from bad things happening to them - no hurt feelings, no losing at games, nobody better than the next person.  As adults, these children are not prepared to handle the rough and tumble of the real world.  Eventually, instead of adapting to reality, they try to change the world and human behavior to their liking.  

From the Huffington Post, November 9, 2014

Freedom of Speech or Freedom From Speech: 50 Years After the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

By Greg Lukianoff, President of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

And while a call for civility may seem uncontroversial, we at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have seen the term abused to enforce top-down conformity, just as the great philosopher John Stuart Mills explained in his masterpiece, On Liberty.     
Please read the entire essay using the link above.

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