Ben Shapiro Exposes Leftist’s Game Plan On Removing Free Speech: First College Campuses, Then Newsrooms, Now Social Media

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The Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro said in a series of tweets that the country is nearing a decision point.

Will it continue to uphold a system of free speech (including the freedom to disagree) or will it ultimately cave to mob rule and the determination that if someone differs from the opinion of the majority then they are wrong—not just their opinion.

In a series of tweets, Shapiro laid out his case that Americans are under attack from within by cultural Marxists (who he calls the “hard Left”).

“It is not enough that Americans have Constitutional rights to free speech. We can’t live with each other unless we have a culture of rights, in which we respect each other’s rights to say things we don’t like. That’s disappearing incredibly fast, which is spectacularly dangerous,” the conservative said in an initial tweet.

Shapiro said the drama and controversy seen in the news today — from the tearing down of statues of U.S. presidents to the vitrol and anarchy in the streets of Minneapolis and Seattle — are a part of a larger pattern.

“The hard Left pushes where it meets [the] least resistance,” he continued. “So they promulgated hate speech policies on college campuses, where the administration was sure to cave; they moved on to newsrooms, where editors were sure to cave.”

So, they continued…

“Now they’re targeting corporate boardrooms, where risk aversion dominates, and seeking to weaponize corporate risk aversion to take down social media platforms,” Shapiro said.

“The result,” he predicted, was “a closed system in which only approved opinions are allowed.”

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Shapiro continued: “Alternatives will be built, but this will only increase the silo-ing of opinion that polarizes the country politically and culturally. And because the hard Left sees fealty to Constitutional ideals as a form of bigotry — fruit of the poisonous tree — they won’t stop there.”

He added: “Eventually, culture becomes law. And the hard Left has made no bones about its willingness to override even legal rights once the time is ripe. To paraphrase Madison out of context, we cannot rely on ‘parchment barriers against the encroaching spirit of power.'”