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Hentoff unsparingly skewers the hypocrisy of too many true believers on both sides of the political spectrum, neither of whom seem to grasp the idea of true democracy or respect for diversity, but differ only in the type of conformity they try to impose As he shows, this is inimical to the fundamental American philosophy of I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Excellent examination of free speech in various aspects This book certainly gave me pause to realize that, despite believing myself generally fair, I do want to treat certain works or types of work differently from others I m convinced, based on the breadth of incidents he discusses and examines, that this is a human impulse, rather than one limited to either side of the political spectrum but it is one that, with firm commitment to liberal values in the classical, non partisan sense we can Excellent examination of free speech in various aspects This book certainly gave me pause to realize that, despite believing myself generally fair, I do want to treat certain works or types of work differently from others I m convinced, based on the breadth of incidents he discusses and examines, that this is a human impulse, rather than one limited to either side of the political spectrum but it is one that, with firm commitment to liberal values in the classical, non partisan sense we can overcome I think he also makes a compelling case that we should all strive towards free speech absolutism, both as a good in itself but also because it is essential to challenging injustice such as racism and sexism, and its absence can just as easily be used against the righteous as the wicked I regret to say that I think our commitment to free speech, particularly in higher education, has decreased since the publication of this book in 1992, an in patterns resonant with those Hentoff examined over years I wish I could put this into the hands of every policymaker and school administrator, but eveninto the hands of every high school student I do not think we will find a cure for incivility and a way to work together in spite of differences until we are truly prepared to robustly defend even bad speech, whatever that means for each of us, and engage ideas fearlessly I think we ll find both that the truly evil ideas can be defeated, and that our ideological opponents need not be our enemies Hentoff s compelling work lays the groundwork for the serious introspection and community dialogues needed to achieve that He used to be a liberal, but by the time he writes this book he s obsessed with proving that the Left is the real source of censorship in American society, which simply isn t true. I ve always been something of a First Amendment absolutist, and as a life long left winger who grew up in the Sixties, I pretty much assumed that all the attacks on freedom of speech were coming from conservatives So it was quite eye opening to learn, from this unimpeachable source, that there were a number of very concerning attempts at censorship coming from people I consider, still, my ideological friends and allies This came to mind now because I m once again seeing people with whom I agre I ve always been something of a First Amendment absolutist, and as a life long left winger who grew up in the Sixties, I pretty much assumed that all the attacks on freedom of speech were coming from conservatives So it was quite eye opening to learn, from this unimpeachable source, that there were a number of very concerning attempts at censorship coming from people I consider, still, my ideological friends and allies This came to mind now because I m once again seeing people with whom I agree on nine points out of ten, politically and philosophically, who are not only vigorously suppressing people s freedom of speech, but punishing various kinds of thoughtcrimes with relentless condemnation, ostracization, and even economic ruin It s time to remind ourselves that if you don t care about people s freedom to say things you despise, then you don t really care about freedom of speech at all Nat Hentoff is a columnist who has written extensively about free speech and intellectual freedom This book explores the messiness of free speech It is easy to support intellectual freedom when it coincides with one s personal values but it is much harder to do so when the speech in question may conflict with or differ from your values As a librarian for over 25 years I fully support intellectual freedom But, I also see that there can be ethical dilemmas and gray areas when looking at how Nat Hentoff is a columnist who has written extensively about free speech and intellectual freedom This book explores the messiness of free speech It is easy to support intellectual freedom when it coincides with one s personal values but it is much harder to do so when the speech in question may conflict with or differ from your values As a librarian for over 25 years I fully support intellectual freedom But, I also see that there can be ethical dilemmas and gray areas when looking at how free speech reflects on society as a whole and not just on individual beliefs NFL football players are taking a knee The President is attempting to pressure the NFL into punishing rebellious players Nazis are marching in the streets Racist comments are being made by and to middle school students in my hometown Banned book week is an annual celebration at the library The reaction is visceral and immediate This book allows these situations to be put into perspective in regards to the importance of the First Amendment and the lengths some people have gone to to protect NFL football players are taking a knee The President is attempting to pressure the NFL into punishing rebellious players Nazis are marching in the streets Racist comments are being made by and to middle school students in my hometown Banned book week is an annual celebration at the library The reaction is visceral and immediate This book allows these situations to be put into perspective in regards to the importance of the First Amendment and the lengths some people have gone to to protect this most important of rights The author explains how both the left and the right are guilty of attempted suppression of free speech and seems to perfectly encapsulate the complete disrespect shown by both sides in the current political sphere The dispute also reflected the lust of certain groups left, right, or beyond category to delegitimize all dissent Dissenters are not seen as individuals, and hardly as human That said, it does feel at times a bit condescending However, this book is most definitely needed Finally had to return this to the library unfinished, after renewing it twice Found much of it interesting but would much rather read Hentoff s Village Voice pieces than try to get through over 400 pages of his anecdotes in one tome Highly enjoyed Hentoff s high praise for Judith Krug Re reading because I m writing a paper on the First Amendment. {EPUB} â Free Speech for Me—But Not for Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other ò For years now, Nat Hentoff has been the best known lay guardian of the magnificent spirit and letter of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States His principled advocacy of free expression for all seems to be needed than ever today, at a time of appalling assaults on expression not only by traditional opponents on the political right those offended by what they consider obscene or radical or otherwise taboo but also from the left radical feminists calling for the suppression of pornography, members of minorities banning language they consider psychologically damaging, and various other proponents of so called political correctness These recently minted censors are now to be found within such former bastions of free speech as the universities and even the American Civil Liberties Union This urgently important book is not a mere collection of legal cases neither is it a history of free expression or a polemic from either left or right It is rather a wide ranging report on and analysis of the many kinds of conflicts throughout our country between the illusion that this is a land of unfettered free speech and the reality when that illusion is acted upon It is a book of many stories of the continuing efforts to deprive students of Mark Twain s masterpiece, Huckleberry Finn, and of attempts to deprive other students of the right not to read books that offend them of the well intentioned rulings that result in speech codes and loyalty oaths of the wide spread lack of understanding, over the years, of such basic concepts as the marketplace of ideas and of the overriding value of untrammeled speech Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee is a book about fear, duplicity, some courage, a lot of hypocrisy, and a good deal of irony It is a book of dramatic confrontations, of people acting, for better or for worse, on one of the most important of our domestic battlefields And above all, it presents hopeful, practical suggestions for ways toward saving perhaps the most fragile of our cherished freedoms How the American Left and Right relentlessly Censor each other