The state of free speech has never been as grave as it is now thanks to the left side of the political specteum. I’m not saying that the political right has a perfect record when it comes to censorship, far from it. It is just that censorship from progressives has become so widespread and so insidious. This censorship comes in so many different forms such as all of this politically correct nonsense that has been going on for decades. College campuses were once bastions of free speech, now they are black holes of censorship, especially when it comes to the ideas of the political right. Censorship of conservatives on social media has reached epidemic proportions.
Those that are carrying out the censorship are not content with preventing those they disagree with from speaking, they are now attempting to destroy the livelihood of those they disagree with. This has lead to the cancel culture which is so prevalent right now.
Verbal intimidation and even physical intimidation is now becoming a common component of the censorship. This has led to an ever increasing number individuals censoring themselves. This Cato national survey on the subject is very depressing.
A new Cato national survey finds that self‐censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive.
The survey is indirect proof that those on the far left are most often guilty of censorship and intimidation.
Strong liberals stand out, however, as the only political group who feel they can express themselves. Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of staunch liberals feel they can say what they believe. However, centrist liberals feel differently. A slim majority (52%) of liberals feel they have to self‐censor, as do 64% of moderates, and 77% of conservatives. This demonstrates that political expression is an issue that divides the Democratic coalition between centrist Democrats and their left flank.
The survey is also proof that those of us on the right are also guilty of this sin and that we should strive to do better.
The survey found that many Americans think a person’s private political donations should impact their employment. Nearly a quarter (22%) of Americans would support firing a business executive who personally donates to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign. Even more, 31% support firing a business executive who donates to Donald Trump’s re‐election campaign.
Support rises among political subgroups. Support increases to 50% of strong liberals who support firing executives who personally donate to Trump. And more than a third (36%) of strong conservatives support firing an executive for donating to Biden’s presidential campaign.
Thanks to the indoctrination that has been taking place on college campuses for decades, and has now spread to high schools and grade schools, young individuals are more likely to not value free speech.
Young Americans are also more likely than older Americans to support punishing people at work for personal donations to Trump. Forty‐four percent (44%) of Americans under 30 support firing executives if they donate to Trump. This share declines to 22% among those over 55 years old.
This Breitbart article Stephen Miller: ‘Cancel Culture’ Seeks to Silence Majority offers proof that the Trump administration takes this issue seriously.
It is an effort at making people so afraid to speak their minds that a minority of radicals can effectively intimidate a majority of common-sense Americans, and that’s often how totalitarianism functions. If you can scare people at saying things they know to be true, and then you can even deprive them of the language to express themselves — not illegal aliens, but undocumented Americans, right? Not rioters and anarchists peaceful protesters …
When you take away people’s language, and then you punish them severely and excoriate them for saying things that we all know to be true, it’s possible for a minority of people to effectively bully the majority into acquiescence. That must be fought against above virtually any other objective we have right now.
The only way to win back our freedom to speak our minds whenever we want to is if we refuse to be silenced. We must speak out forcefully against politically correctness and this cancel culture, even from our side.