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For all the charges by the left that the First Amendment is under siege in America, the far bigger threat to free expression today is what's rightly been labeled "the heckler's veto."
Meaning the thuggish tack of squelching speech with a violent threat - and a demonstration of the will to carry it out.
The world saw the heckler's veto at work in the worldwide protests over those Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad: People died because rampaging rent-a-mobs declared the drawings "offensive." Around the world, governments and many publications blinked before the threats... Download file "NYU Knuckles"