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At PJ Media, I write more about why some people think free speech is “oppressive.” They reach this conclusion by linking speech to the basic logic of contemporary identity politics:

The trick is to say that free speech is not “really” free, since it’s just an extension of certain people’s “privilege”; the exercise of it is therefore the “oppression” of the non-privileged groups, who don’t have the “power” to speak freely. We will only be “really” free when there is no “privilege.” Until that time, we have to balance the scales by gagging this “privileged” speech.

 

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