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Straw Men, Part Ii

Also, Jonah says: “All it says to me is that when push comes to shove those who fetishize extreme speech will make for unreliable allies in the fight against the ideas that speech communicates.” Wrong. First of all, I do not “fetishize” any sort of speech; fetishizing connotes idolatry. But I am committed to defending free-speech principles, not in a narrow, legalistic way, but in a way that reaches to core philosophical ideas. And that’s precisely why I’m not just a reliable ally, but a passionate one, in the War on Terror, against people like Michael Moore. We’re fighting, globally, for the American idea-the idea that certain very important principles do have heft and meaning. Our little domestic slugfests help show the world what kind of people we are.

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