Free speech’s worst enemies aren’t who you’d expect
Within weeks of each other, two prominent speakers visited the university where I work and made strikingly similar observations. Nadine Strossen, former longtime president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Geoffrey R. Stone, a renowned constitutional scholar at the University of Chicago, each noted with bemusement that the people whose freedom of speech they had most often labored to protect are now too often its worst enemies. Their careers had begun by defending leftist causes against autocratic rules and institutions, they said, but now involve arguing against the intolerance of those who had typically been allies.
Originally published: August 29, 2018
Author: Mitch Daniels
Institution: Purdue University
Published by: The Washington Post