Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What "Free Speech" Means To Today's Lefties

I'll just quote the entire Instapundit post:

ANN ALTHOUSE: When Did The Left Turn Against Free Speech?" When they started losing the debate. "Free speech was only ever a means to an end. When they got their free speech, made their arguments, and failed to win over the American people, and when in fact the speech from their opponents seemed too successful, they switched to the repression of speech, because the end was never freedom." Nope. It was always about control.

Plus, from the comments: "I think the reason the Left so often opposes free speech now is that they have victoriously marched through the institutions and are now in control. And those in control don't care for there to be further discussion that might threaten their power. Those who are not in power are the ones who want free speech."

And, from Althouse further down in the comments: "A person from 1969 watching that video of me and Bob Wright would assume Bob was right wing and I was left wing. Bob's ranting about law and order. The me of 1969, sitting in a room with my college friends, would have said 'Nixon!' and everyone would have laughed."

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