The Unfortunate Consequences of a Misguided Free Speech Principle
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Are Americans "losing their appetite for candid and constructive dialogue?" Robert Post, Yale Law professor, argues that we have misdiagnosed America's social malady as a free speech problem, when the challenges to free speech in America are more a symptom than a cause of the problems we are experiencing in the public sphere. The decline in the nature and quality of our public discourse is not a problem that more free speech will not necessarily resolve. Instead, Post claims that "our public discourse has become rancid because our politics has become diseased." In order to heal and ameliorate our public discourse, we must restore our politics to a healthy condition.
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