Free speech is one of the pillars of liberal democracy. Free speech is the bane of dictators throughout history. Yet, in recent years, free speech has come under attack from the very liberals who profess to uphold democracy.

These liberals act on noble motives. They believe they are protecting vulnerable people from harm by censoring speech. But who decides what is harmful? And who decides what the punishment is for harmful speech?

Watch the video above to hear Jon Fasman of The Economist explain why this is a false choice. Our society can uphold free speech and defend the vulnerable at the same time.

 

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