Recent surge in attacks on free speech in U.S.

First Amendment freedoms are under attack as censorship spreads and state legislatures propose laws that limit free expression and criticism of public officials. Experts say that there has been an upsurge in attacks that the U.S. has not seen in decades. (The Associated Press, March 15, 2023, by Rebecca Boone)

Steven Greenhut in Reason, March 17, 2023, argues that given attempts of governments to “police the truth,” “…our nation would benefit from a renewed cultural commitment toward embracing a freewheeling public dialogue. I don’t expect Americans to fight to the death to defend their foes’ right to speak, but they should at least stop trying to censor, shame, shun and destroy each other.”

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