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Free Speech Under Fire in the UK

John Hinderaker

February 16, 2020

Current cultural and political developments in the U.S. are so weird that I tend to assume we must be unique. But not so: in the United Kingdom, too, “wokeness” operates as an explicit threat to freedom. The situation is even worse there than here, in fact. The London Times reports:

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Police have been urged to rewrite the rules on hate crime after a judge likened a force to the Gestapo over its handling of a businessman who tweeted about transgender people.

Mr Justice Julian Knowles warned yesterday that Britain was in danger of slipping into an Orwellian society after Harry Miller, 55, was visited by officers at work and told that his tweets would be recorded as a “non-crime hate incident”.

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The right to freedom of speech is, of course, enshrined in the First Amendment, but it will survive only as long as it is supported by the broad mass of Americans who consider themselves to be free people. Currently, I would estimate that around a quarter of Americans not only are indifferent to free speech as a fundamental value of our society, but are determined to snuff it out as soon as they have the power to do so. They represent, generally speaking, the activist wing of the Democratic Party.

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