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How October 7 Changed America’s Free-Speech Culture

How October 7 Changed America’s Free-Speech Culture

[ad_1] America’s free-speech culture is in sudden flux and some peril. Since October 7, when Hamas launched an attack that included killing, raping, and kidnapping, the Israel-Palestine debate has been the most common trigger for street protests in America. Reports of hateful speech and hate crimes are surging. And for the first time in the “cancel culture” era, campaigns to get people fired from their job are more likely to involve Israel or Palestine than controversies about race, gender, or sexual misbehavior. Even if the Middle East faded from the headlines tomorrow, Congress, the federal civil-rights bureaucracy, and many elite colleges have already upended the coalitions that have shaped our free-speech culture. Old-school liberals can simply go on championing free-speech values. But the “woke” or “identitarian” left cannot go on as before. Having long agitated for more sweeping speech restrictions and taboos, they now confront a dilemma: They do not want “woke” hate speech or sensitivity standards applied to Palestinian-aligned activists, and they are unwilling to police speech that unnerves many Jews in the way …

How October 7 Changed America’s Free-Speech Culture

How October 7 Changed America’s Free-Speech Culture

[ad_1] America’s free-speech culture is in sudden flux and some peril. Since October 7, when Hamas launched an attack that included killing, raping, and kidnapping, the Israel-Palestine debate has been the most common trigger for street protests in America. Reports of hateful speech and hate crimes are surging. And for the first time in the “cancel culture” era, campaigns to get people fired from their job are more likely to involve Israel or Palestine than controversies about race, gender, or sexual misbehavior. Even if the Middle East faded from the headlines tomorrow, Congress, the federal civil-rights bureaucracy, and many elite colleges have already upended the coalitions that have shaped our free-speech culture. Old-school liberals can simply go on championing free-speech values. But the “woke” or “identitarian” left cannot go on as before. Having long agitated for more sweeping speech restrictions and taboos, they now confront a dilemma: They do not want “woke” hate speech or sensitivity standards applied to Palestinian-aligned activists, and they are unwilling to police speech that unnerves many Jews in the way …