Federal censorship

Federal censorship activities are not in retreat, they are expanding. Federal Executive officials are expanding the topics on which they seek censorship, it’s expanding to more and more agencies, and it’s expanding to any social media platform they can reach. So we are not in a situation where this is something that occurred in the past. We have overwhelming evidence that it’s growing and growing and growing, and there’s little indication that there will ever be any voluntary relinquishment of the power to dictate what ordinary Americans can say on social media, so it’s a problem that is growing. It’s a looming threat.

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Ancient truth

It is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedom’s defenses are found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.

The need for unfettered freedom

The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable. To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views also deprives others of the right to listen to those views.

Hear both sides

Printers are educated in the Belief, that when Men differ in Opinion, both sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Public; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter: Hence [printers] cheerfully serve all contending Writers that pay them well, without regarding on which side they are of the Question in Dispute.