New York Times writer Ulrich Baer recently published an article titled, “What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech,” in which he essentially argued that “free speech” should be limited and should be “sensitive” to the issues of our time.
“The recent student demonstrations at Auburn against Spencer’s visit — as well as protests on other campuses against Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos, and others — should be understood as an attempt to ensure the conditions of free speech for a greater group of people, rather than censorship,” Baer wrote.
Baer went on to say that there is a “greater good” restricting public speech when it comes to certain people and topics. Overall, his article was intended to support the protests taking place on liberal campuses feeding the idea that certain speakers should not be allowed to enjoy free speech.
He argued it is not fair for people to deem millennials as “overly sensitive, vulnerable and entitled ‘snowflakes'” because their feelings and experiences may have been “dismissed for decades.”
“The idea of freedom of speech does not mean a blanket permission to say anything anybody thinks,” he wrote.
He went on to say, “This requires the realization that in politics, the parameters of public speech must be continually redrawn to accommodate those who previously had no standing,” Baer wrote, suggesting minorities should have the most say, publicly.
The most significant argument in the article is that there should be totalitarian censorship in our country.
“THE STUDENT ACTIVISM that has roiled campuses — at Auburn, Missouri, Yale, Berkeley, Middlebury and elsewhere — is an opportunity to take stock of free speech issues in a changed world. It is also an opportunity to take into account the past few decades of scholarship that has honed our understanding of the rights to expression in higher education, which maintains particularly high standards of what is worthy of debate….”
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