Over two centuries ago a group of British colonists huddling amid the forests and rivers of a new continent decided what they could and could not say by killing enough soldiers and mercenaries that the people who had been in charge of their speech decided they should try their luck somewhere where the regulating was easier.
This state of affairs in which the country that those colonists formed became and remains one of the very few places in the world, even among Western democracies, where freedom of speech is absolute, came about through stirring speeches, deeply felt debates, classical ideas and a passionate political culture– but most of all it came about because large numbers of people were willing to kill over it…
And consider, if you will, the larger point:
As the rule of law becomes an ever-fadingly quaint notion, all that remains to adjudicate disputes between men is violence and its credible threat.
Murderous woods and deeds.
They’re not just for Muslims anymore.
Will the freedom-loving peoples of the world awaken to these realities before they are fully caged?