The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Roger Koopman
Former Montana State Legislator 

Op-Ed: Speech Control is Thought Control

 

August 4, 2021



I used to dismiss as a peculiar form of psychosis, the desire of some troubled souls to silence and censor the right of others to speak and think freely. After all, the impulse to gag the mouth and shut the mind of another individual is hardly what we would call “normal.” Compelling others to conform to our views isn’t very normal either. Doing such things never enters the minds of healthy, rational people. It’s creepy. Rational people understand that living in a free society presupposes putting the rights of others ahead of our own, and that begins with the right to think and spea...



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