Why the left must suppress freedom of expression
Let’s start with this fact: the left always suppresses speech. Since Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917, there has been no example of the left in control and not crushing dissent.
This is one of the important differences between liberal and left: liberalism and liberals believe in free speech. (The left’s current threat to freedom in America, the greatest threat to freedom in American history, is made possible because liberals think they have more to fear from conservatives than from the left. don’t understand that the left sees liberals as their useful idiots.)
The left controls the universities. There is little or no dissent allowed in universities.
The left controls almost all “news” media. There is little or no dissent in the mainstream media – neither in the news sections nor in the opinion sections.
The left controls Hollywood. No dissent is allowed in Hollywood.
This is why we have a âculture of cancellationâ – silencing and firing anyone who publicly opposes the left, and even âpubliclyâ, is no longer necessary. The National Association of Realtors just announced that if you express differing opinions (on race, in particular) in private, you could be fined and lose your membership in the organization, which would end your career. real estate agent.
So, we come back to the opening question: why does the left have to crush all dissent? This is a question made all the harder because there is no parallel on the right: the Conservatives are not putting an end to dissent or debate.
The answer, although the left does not recognize it, is that the left fears dissent. And they do it for a good reason. Leftism is essentially a giant balloon filled with nothing but hot air.
Therefore, regardless of the size of the balloon – the Democratic Party, the New York Times, Yale University – all it takes is a simple pin to pop it.
Leftism is revered by intellectuals. But there is little intellectual substance to leftism. It is a combination of doctrine and emotion. The proof? Those with intellectual depth do not stifle dissent; they welcome it.
This is why universities are so opposed to the Conservatives who come to speak on campuses. A vocal curator can undo years of leftist indoctrination in an hour-long speech or question and answer. I know this from personal experience on campus. You can also. Watch speeches by every conservative licensed to speak on a campus – a lot of that talk is still on YouTube – and you’ll see large rooms filled with students yearning to hear more than left-wing pablum. Look at their faces, filled with special attention for ideas they have never heard of and which clearly have an impact. The universities are absolutely right to fear that we are speaking out. We come up with the pin that pops their $ 50,000 a year balloon.
This is also why it is so difficult to get one of them to debate one of us. In 35 years of radio, I have never mistreated or harassed a guest. I was unfailingly polite to an icon on the left, Howard Zinn, the America-hating author of the book A People’s History of the United States Hating America. I even invited a political science professor and violinist from UCLA, one of seven members of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra who refused to play when I conducted the orchestra in a Joseph Haydn symphony. at Disney Concert Hall – only because I’m a curator. Despite his public letter, in which he accused me of having “horribly fanatic positions” and wrote: “Please urge your friends not to attend this concert, which is helping to normalize bigotry in our community,” I said. nevertheless invited on my national radio show. He accepted. I had him in the studio for an entire hour and treated him and his wife (who accompanied him) with great respect, despite my contempt for his bogus accusations and his advocacy for culture. ‘cancellation. Every American should hear this hour.
Unfortunately for the emotional and intellectual health of our society, he, Zinn and a few others were anomalies. Of the hundred or so left-wing authors, professors and columnists invited to take part in my show, almost none replied in the affirmative. They prefer NPR, where they are never challenged.
The reverse, however, is not true: every conservative intellectual I know says yes to every (very rare) left-wing invitations we receive. Of course, we are hardly ever invited. We regularly invite leftists. Leftists hardly ever invite us. They claim it’s because we’re not at their intellectual level and they don’t want to waste their time. One would think that the opportunity to publicly show how insipid we Conservatives really are would be too good to pass up.
Leftists don’t debate us or appear as guests on our shows and keep us from speaking whenever possible because they (rightly) fear conservatives. Breed baits like Ibram X. Kendi or Ta-Nehisi Coates or White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo would never debate Larry Elder, for example. Why won’t they do it? Because they would be shown to be the intellectually superficial purveyors of hatred that they are. Deep down, they know it. Larry Elder is one of the many conservative black intellectuals that left-wing blacks (and whites) refuse to debate.
Now you know why the left is suppressing freedom of expression: because it has to. If there is freedom of expression, there is dissent. And if there is dissent, there is no more.
Dennis Prager is a nationally broadcast radio talk show host and columnist. His latest book, The Rational Bible (Regnery, 2019), is a commentary on the Book of Genesis. He is the founder of Prager University and can be contacted at dennisprager.com.