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Jonathan Rauch On Why Free Speech Is Even More Important Than You Thought

August 4, 2010

Is it wrong to admit that I love a married man? Well, I do and his name is Jonathan Rauch. You may know him from his work as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution or his writings in The Atlantic, where he has been a leading voice in the fight for gay marriage, a champion for those dealing with the challenges of caring for an aging or ailing parent, and an idol to introverts everywhere. But for a free speech advocate like me, Jonathan is mostly loved for his brilliant and masterful 1993 book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought. In Kindly Inquisitors, Rauch offers a powerful defense of freedom of speech as just one part of an intellectual system that has made unparalleled progress possible...