The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. As George Orwell, author of 1984, noted: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Unfortunately, our appreciation for a robust freedom of speech has worn thin over the years. Societies that cherish free speech relish open debates and controversy and, in turn, produce a robust citizenry who will stand against authoritarian government. Indeed, oppressive regimes of the past have understood the value of closed-mouthed, closed-minded citizens and the power inherent in controlling speech and, thus, controlling how a people view their society and government. Case in point: the United States government has a ravenous appetite for power and a seeming desire to turn the two-way dialogue that is our constitutional republic into a one-way dictatorship. Emboldened by phrases such as “hate crimes,” “bullying,” “extremism” and “microaggressions,” the government is whittling away at free speech, confining it to carefully constructed “free speech zones,” criminalizing it when it skates too close to challenging the status quo, shaming it when it butts up against politically correct ideals, and muzzling it when it appears dangerous. Free speech is no longer free.

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Show Notes

The Confederate flag, the First Amendment and public schools

The Coddling of the American Mind

The Ever-Expanding Concept of ‘Bullying’ Casts an Ominous Shadow Over Free Speech

The Delete Squad

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Justice Brandeis, Concurrence in Whitney v. California (1927), U.S. Supreme Court

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

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Rutherford Institute

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  1. Craig Toth says:

    Great presentation… thank you.

  2. Were they doing this before The Patriot Act? We see a lot of videos of tasering as a first choice. There’s something very wrong with the training. I wonder how many hours are spent reminding cadets their job is to protect citizens. It would appear the manual now frames the citizen as cirminal/terrorist.

    I doubt those police would have kicked in the door of an expensive house – occupants can afford a good attorney.

    It does fit in with the we’re going to bomb you to save you meme though. Domesticallly, it’s we’re going to taser you to protect you.

    Whatever the training, the individual has the respnsibility to speak up and say ‘no, I’m not going to be that kind of cop/TSA agent/special agent’.

    1930s Germany….brown shirts….

  3. John, I’d love for you to share more from your practical experiences about what approaches are still legal (and what are the different laws to find out about in different states).

    In addition to knowing there are problems with civil rights in the USA, what approaches do you suggest to be more effective? I bet just “telling the government what we think” will not create much change.

    What are the mistakes you or others have made? What are the successes?

    How can we work outside a “battle” mentality? “Us vs Them” approaches will only lead to more pushback. New ways of thinking might take us further.

  4. William Field says:

    Brilliant & so true Kurt….Thankyou Sir!

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