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'Shut Up!' - Cancel Culture and the War on Speech

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From university campuses to social media to government, free speech is under attack today in the US like never before. Time to fight back!

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The phrase “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it" may have been inaccurately attributed to the 18th century writer Voltaire, but it accurately reflects the sentiment of our Founding Fathers. That is why they included as the very first Amendment to the US Constitution a prohibition on government restriction of speech.

Free speech - even ugly speech - is the sine qua non of a free society. Among the first freedom denied as authoritarians consolidate power is the freedom to criticize government and to engage in vigorous debate.

Something is happening in the US that should terrify us all. From governments to students to celebrities to average Americans, we are becoming a society that substitutes the above saying with, “I don’t agree with what you say...and I'll make sure you are never able to say it again!"

On college campuses what may be controversial speeches are not just ignored or even boycotted by those who disagree with what may be presented. Instead, all stops are pulled - including violence - to "cancel" the event.

Governments are getting in the game as well. While both the political Left and Right in the US today imagine that the tightening noose around free speech is a conspiracy against them alone, what is taking place is far more sinister.

Government-funded US NGOs like the Atlantic Council are teaming up with big social media companies to determine what speech should be allowed and what should be banned or suppressed. Opinions critical of the prevailing foreign policy position in Washington, for example, are unsurprisingly disappeared and their authors are often accused of being agents of foreign governments.

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity has observed with alarm the steady destruction of both speech and tolerance of differing opinions. The greatest achievement in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe was not censorship. It was the self-censorship that followed. It's not enough to refrain from controversial speech out of fear of reprisals: the goal is to banish those thoughts before they even develop into speech. That is where we are headed.

With that in mind, the Ron Paul Institute will be holding a conference in Houston this May to explore free speech and its enemies. What is happening to discourse and how can we protect the right to think and speak as we wish?

In addition to talks by Ron Paul and RPI's Daniel McAdams and Adam Dick, we will feature other great speakers on the topic. We will begin making announcements soon.

This will be a more intimate event and tickets are limited. So don't wait!

Included in the ticket price is a full, hot breakfast and coffee and tea service.

We've been able to secure a limited number of hotel rooms at the incredible price of just $82 a night! Register here for this special rate, or call 800-729-6685 and mention you are attending the Ron Paul Institute event.

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