Paul Hansen

Paul Hansen

Why do both the far left and right hate free speech?

I have always thought that the far right and far left have much in common. Both seem to traffic in conspiracy theories — some of them pretty wacky. Both seem quite convinced of their righteousness and have little interest in humility, an open mind or other perspectives. They can be very intolerant of anyone that has a different worldview than theirs. Both sides want to ban books and speech on certain topics.

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Tim Rieser

The equivalence of far-left and far-right in your opinion absolutely absurd. Free-speech is alive and well. The survey’s cited are underwhelming. Give me twenty minutes and I’ll find, cut and paste a counter argument. Free-speech (both constitutional and social, are alive and well. The only threat to it is the extreme right-wing who you likened to the far-left that want universal health care and equality.


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