Look who’s talking
William Pang’s account of “free-speech” activism in Canadian schools is a mustread (“How the Alt-right Is Winning Over University Campuses,” thewalrus. ca). Of course, the silencing of certain voices has been a problem for centuries: consider our past and current treatment of women, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, black people, the poor, and the mentally ill. Yet it is only now, when the perceived limits of free speech encroach on individuals who are used to having it, that we hear their howls of outrage. This phenomenon reveals a larger truth: no matter the circumstances, those with power are always frightened of losing it.
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