Some Americans Want ‘Freedom from Speech’

September 8, 2014

By William R. Toler at The Richmond County Daily Journal

“There is no freedom from speech” is a phrase often uttered by First Amendment firebrands, usually when people call for government intervention to speech that offends them.

A new book from Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, shows just how far Americans — and the rest of the world — have to go before learning that lesson.

In “Freedom From Speech,” a broadside released today, Lukianoff begins by pointing out a number of instances where celebrities have been punished for their speech over the past two years. Although most cases don’t fall under the First Amendment because there was no government intervention, Lukinoff stresses that it is still a matter of free speech...