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Steven Pinker on ‘Why Free Speech Is Fundamental’ - FIRE
While the First Amendment provides the legal basis for protecting free speech and open debate in many forums, it’s critically important to remember the moral and practical reasons why freedom of expression should be defended independent of the law. Harvard University psychology professor and bestselling author Steven Pinker knows this well, and he lays out a series of compelling arguments for freedom of speech in The Boston Globe today. Pinker picks up on a common assertion made by those demanding censorship—that sure, we all like free speech, but some ideas simply cross the line. What line? Whatever the would-be censor …