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December 25, 2013

The real question is this:

As between one of two possible worlds --
one in which freedom of thought and expression is generously and broadly encouraged not only by the state but by other powerful institutions, such as corporate employers, permitting a wide latitude in speech and respecting large zone of personal autonomy, or one in which freedom of thought and expression is sharply curtailed and discouraged by the threat of economic coercion against anyone dissenting against this week's folly -- which world would we prefer to live in? Althouse: What the Hell Happened to the Left and Free Speech?

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 25, 2013 6:46 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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There's a standard character in a mid-century novel of some repute (by an author in firm disrepute of all those whose opinion counts), who exclaims in great surprise as the full consequences of the actions and events they supported and cheered become reailzed, "But that's not what I wanted!"

Posted by: John A. Fleming at December 25, 2013 7:48 PM

As if the Left: Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Mao,….Castro, Chavez…et. al. and their American admirers were ever in favor of free speech except for themselves.

What Althouse labels as the left is accurately described as the middle-right.

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"On the eve of the Nazi rise to power, one of the conspirators strode up to Dr. Joseph Gobbels, Gauleiter of Berlin, and hit him on the side of the head and shouted, ‘It wasn’t for swine like you that we shot Rathenau!’”

So many dupes and fools.

Posted by: ErisGuy at December 26, 2013 5:29 AM

Just to be accurate -- the quote you used, while referencing an Althouse post, was actually by Ace of Spades, as was the rest of an excellent essay on the subject.

Posted by: benjaminthomas at December 26, 2013 5:47 AM

Just to be accurate -- the quote you used, while referencing an Althouse post, was actually by Ace of Spades, as was the rest of an excellent essay on the subject.

Posted by: benjaminthomas at December 26, 2013 7:51 AM

Agree with ErisGuy: the Left was only interested in free speech when they were the ones talking. In the Left's way of thinking, nobody else should have any rights at all, especially to disagree with them.

Posted by: waltj at December 26, 2013 10:22 AM

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