Political correctness

When public officials try to silence criticism

It is human nature. People don’t like to be criticized. However, those who hold public office must accept criticism as part of holding office. We have the right (and the duty) to hold our officials accountable for respecting our rights and spending our tax dollars wisely. Usually, the way public officials try to hide from accountability is to persuade the legislature to frame sunshine laws as...

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What are the limits on free speech?

Part 2 of 2 Last week, I wrote about the problems of using the law to limit free speech. There is another way to contain discussion within acceptable boundaries, which I will call social pressure. Social pressure is an informal agreement that certain subjects should be outside the range of open conversation. Like the law, social pressure can be abused; but our best hope of maintaining speech...

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What are the limits on free speech?

Part 1 of 2 What, exactly, is free speech, and what limits can we reasonably put on it? Readers of this space know that free speech is a frequent topic here. In past articles, we have looked at the right to put bumper stickers on a car, attempts by officials at the University of London and several U.S. universities to restrict speech (mostly to protect “political correctness”), the evident...

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Universities chill free speech

Last month, I posted a piece, “The Left loves diversity in all things — except opinion,” on the way “political correctness” has been threatening free speech on university campuses. That article cited a Harvard Crimson column by Sandra Y. L. Korn, in which she advocates replacing academic freedom with a concept she calls “academic justice.” I then noted...

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The Left loves diversity in all things — except opinion

A Bit Political is a non-partisan website, which seeks to invite people of all political persuasions to participate in the political system. Accordingly, I rarely criticize people or organizations. While I have definite political opinions, I prefer to maintain the neutrality of A Bit Political by expressing them outside this forum. However, I am disturbed by the course “political...

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