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The Loss Of Free Speech Was Predictable And Preventable


The First Amendment is at a critical juncture. Recent congressional hearings on the Twitter Files brought the matter into full public view. Freedom of speech and of the press are hanging by a precarious thread. Do we want a future in which information flows freely, or one in which an information elite controls those flows "for our own good?" The choices we make over the next few years will determine which of those futures we get.

It's tragic that we have let the problem reach this dangerous state. What heightens the tragedy, however, is that the war against America's most cherished freedoms was predictable and preventable. If those of us who value freedom want to win, we're going to need a strategy grounded in a clear understanding of what's happening and why.

The Twitter Files story is shocking. Allegations that big tech and social media manipulate information have been around for as long as we've had tech and social media companies. Allegations of bias among the mainstream media are even older. In recent years, however, both the allegations and the supporting evidence have ratcheted upward to unprecedented levels.