With respect to the advice given by the Author—to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance—I spurn it—as every Man, who regards that liberty, & reveres that Justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must—for if Men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind; reason is of no use to us—the freedom of Speech may be taken away—and, dumb & silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.
George Washington, March 15, 1783
The Red Fascists who run The Wellesley News at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, do not think much of freedom of speech. Here is an editorial they wrote last week in which they attacked speech they disagree with:
Many members of our community, including students, alumnae and faculty, have criticized the Wellesley community for becoming an environment where free speech is not allowed or is a violated right. Many outside sources have painted us as a bunch of hot house flowers who cannot exist in the real world. However, we fundamentally disagree with that characterization, and we disagree with the idea that free speech is infringed upon at Wellesley. Rather, our Wellesley community will not stand for hate speech, and will call it out when possible.
Wellesley students are generally correct in their attempts to differentiate what is viable discourse from what is just hate speech. Wellesley is certainly not a place for racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia or any other type of discriminatory speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech. The founding fathers put free speech in the Constitution as a way to protect the disenfranchised and to protect individual citizens from the power of the government. The spirit of free speech is to protect the suppressed, not to protect a free-for-all where anything is acceptable, no matter how hateful and damaging.
Go here to read the rest. Two things stand out to me about this editorial: 1. How wretchedly written it is, and 2. How it gets the entire history of the First Amendment freedom of speech guarantee completely wrong. Speech the majority agrees with needs no protection. It is precisely speech that is considered “hate speech” by the powers that be that requires protection. The editorial champions college as a place where students are indoctrinated in correct thought, and woe to those who reject the attempt at indoctrination. This stands both free speech and the purpose of higher education on their heads. The Red Fascists would understand this if they had any empathy and could place themselves mentally in the shoes of those silenced. That they are unable to do this demonstrates how far from being truly educated they are and how their sentiments, and similar sentiments on campuses around the nation, bode ill for the future of our Republic.