Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The coming speech crackdown

I expect the Biden administration to be terrible for free speech.

Richard Stengel, a member of Biden's transition team, writes in the Wash. Post:

All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting “thought that we hate,” but not speech that incites hate. It undermines the very values of a fair marketplace of ideas that the First Amendment is designed to protect.
This is just an argument for suppressing political opinions.

Twitter has just suspended the @PhyllisSchlafly account, for tweets supporting the "Stop the Steal" March on D.C.

Biden cannot wait until Jan. 20, and threatens “More people may die, if we don’t coordinate.”

The NY Times again says on its front page, "The pandemic has taken an incalculable death toll." So why is it always trying to calculate it? If we cannot calculate it, then how would we ever know that more people die?

Bloomberg reports Biden Fills Economic Posts With Experts on Systemic Racism. He will remake the economy to be based on hating White people.

Update: A law professor comments:

Note, of course, that Stengel isn't just after, say, racial epithets: He wants to suppress ideas, ideas that he thinks are dangerous, and that the government will label dangerous. To his credit, he at least doesn't pretend that his proposals are consistent with First Amendment law (there is no "hate speech" exception to the First Amendment, see below). He just wants the Supreme Court to cut back First Amendment law to give the government this power. Time will tell how many others within a Biden-Harris Administration will take a similar view.
Update: I did not realize that Stengel is a Jew, when I posted this.

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