Commentary: The marrow of democracy

Joshua Katz
American Enterprise Institute

Excerpt: My shelves are groaning under the weight of recent books that consider free speech and such related matters as hate speech, academic freedom, the interpretation of the First Amendment, and cancel culture. The war over free speech among academics and political thinkers across the ideological spectrum shows that there is both a huge problem and huge interest in this problem.

We are in big trouble, after all, if the next generation does not understand that self-respect involves standing up for what one believes—even (or, indeed, especially) when it involves standing alone.