Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Leftists Argue Government Censorship is the Highest Form of Speech

Roger's 'WTF' Look

The American Left believes it has gained enough power and that Americans are now sufficiently ignorant enough that it no longer sees an important value in maintaining protections for free speech, at least at a federal level, and has publicly switched its enthusiasm from speech to censorship. It now lovingly speaks of the valuable “speech” of government censors and of the ‘chilling effects’ of extremist judges who interfere with them.

When Judge Terry Doughty issued an injunction in Missouri v. Biden that banned the government from “specifically flagging content or posts on social-media platforms and encouraging, removal, deletion, or suppression”, all hell broke loose.
Now, lefty academics and experts want to not only reverse the polarities of free speech, but they are just as worried that any protection for free speech will interfere with government censorship. To justify this inversion of civil rights, they have also inverted the concept of censorship so that the true form of free speech is to prevent others from speaking.

Evelyn Douek, a Stanford law professor warned that preventing the government from colluding with corporations to censor citizens would have a "chilling effect".  In traditional free speech jurisprudence, 'chilling effects' were inflicted by the government, but now Liberals who might have once worried about free speech now fret that the government will be inhibited from censoring free speech.

According to Leah Litman, a law professor at the University of Michigan, preventing the government from censoring citizens was… censorship.
Crying censorship has become the last resort of censors who demand the right to censor. After arguing that censorship by some of the biggest companies in the world was really speech, lefty legal scholars are arguing that government censorship is free speech, and that when judges prevent the government from censoring, the government’s speech is being violated.

After abandoning free speech, lefty legal scholars now celebrate the virtues of censorship in the glowing language once used for promoting reverence for a free exchange of ideas.

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