Free Speech Is a Value, Not Just a Right

A supporter of President Trump holds a sign at a rally in Beverly Hills, Calif., January 9, 2021. (Ringo Chiu/Reuters)
The problems raised by banning Trump from Twitter and undercutting Parler.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the past few days, some of the nation’s most powerful corporations have engaged in a concerted effort, at the behest of a major political party, to limit the speech of millions of Americans who engaged in wrongthink. First, Twitter permanently banned the sitting president. As is its right. And when millions of his fans left and bolstered Parler, a different platform, Apple, Google, and Amazon went ahead and shut it down as well.

But if you say that targeted deplatforming, though not Stalinist, is troubling, the same people who want to compel everyone to buy state-mandated health insurance, who want

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