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So the other day ACLU Tweeted its intention to secure the existence of civil liberties and a future for free speech.
Ironic joking and SJW meltdowns over photos of White children with American miniature flags aside, the politically correct peeps at ACLU (who apologized for their social justice faux pas immediately afterwards) were actually far more to the point than they could have possibly imagined.
Opinion polls have shown that in the US, it is the representatives of the demographic group on ACLU’s photo that tend to have the greatest respect for freedom of speech.
We can check this by throwing up a few graphs from the GSS.
Only amongst Whites and Jews does a clear majority support allowing free speech for racists.
But maybe this is just White privilege at work here.
Maybe the 50% of Blacks who also support free speech for racists are victims of false consciousness foisted on them by structural White supremacy.
Unfortunately for Leftists, non-Whites don’t really much care for their pet causes either.
Whites support freedom of speech for anti-religionists more than anyone else.
Okay, maybe this is just the neckbeard Dawkins fan club venting their Islamophobia?
Oh no, this isn’t looking at all good now.
Communist speech is the only category in which a non-White minority (Blacks) has a marginally higher respect for free speech than Whites.
And one supposes Nixon might have had a point about Jewish spies.
When I was in Washington D.C. in 2013 there was some crazed Islamist ranting in front of the White House.
Though Whites are not exactly thrilled with this behavior, they seem to more or less tolerate it.
But just like the possibility of small government, this will probably cease to be the case in the increasingly vibrant and diverse America of the future.
And wheresoever goes the US so goes the world.
That is because the US remains a genuinely exceptional country when it comes to free speech.
The very fact that it is Internet lynch mobs and tech corporations – the collective Society 282 – that enforces social tabooes reminds one that this task is accomplished through laws and prisons in virtually every other country on the planet.
Once the First Amendment is annulled in the US, or riddled with multifarious exceptions to the point where it is but an empty formality, the Enlightenment ideal of absolute free speech vanishes everywhere else in the world.