Speaking of free speech 5

We learn from Scott Johnson at PowerLine:

On April 15 the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale inaugurated its annual Disinvitation Dinner. … Keynote speaker was George Will … took up the subject of the parlous state of free speech. … This is a timely speech on an important subject as liberal fascism continues its march through the institutions.

Scott Johnson selects this extract:

Free speech has never been, in the history of our republic, more comprehensively, aggressively and dangerously threatened than it is now. The Alien and Sedition Acts arose from a temporary, transitory fever and were in any case sunsetted and disappeared. The fevers after and during the First World War and in the early culture war era also were eruptions of distemper rooted in local conditions and local issues bound to disappear, which they did.

Today’s attack is different. It’s an attack on the theory of freedom of speech. It is an attack on the desirability of free speech and indeed if listened to carefully and plumbed fully, what we have today is an attack on the very possibility of free speech. The belief is that the First Amendment is a mistake. . . .

Yesterday the Democratic Party, the oldest political party in the world, the party that guided this country through two world wars and is more responsible than any other for the shape of the modern American state — the Democratic Party’s leading and prohibitively favored frontrunner candidate for the presidential nomination announced four goals for her public life going forward, one of which is to amend the Bill of Rights to make it less protective. It’s an astonishing event. She said that she wants to change the First Amendment in order to further empower the political class to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political speech about the political class — and so far as I can tell there’s not a ripple of commentary about this on the stagnant waters of the American journalistic community.

There is also a video of George Will delivering his entire speech. We cannot import it but we hope our readers will treat themselves to it. It is all meat. We assure you the hour passes very quickly.

  • liz

    Yes, what was that ban on free speech she was pushing – the Barcelona initiative or something?

    • Trying to fulfill a promise to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to ban criticism of Islam most likely. No doubt they gave a huge contribution to the Clinton Foundation.

      • liz

        Yes, and I think it involved the UN. You had a post on it last year or so, but I couldn’t find it. It was all about making any criticism of Islam “hate speech”.

        • Well remembered, liz. It is something we’ve beefed about before. There was this post, for instance:


          • liz

            Yes, that’s similar to the one I’m remembering – thanks!
            Looking back on that and another post I came across in my search, “U.S. Taxpayers Paying to Promote Islam in Europe”, that noted how the Obama administration was sending out ambassadors to Muslims in European countries, helping them to become politically organised, etc., it’s interesting to see the “progress” it accomplished – the furtherance of Islamic terrorism.