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Bari Weiss and Ben Shapiro's Strange Defense of Antisemitism

How warriors against 'cancel culture', Bari Weiss and Ben Shapiro, give conservatives like Gina Carano a free pass on the same antisemitism they condemn so fiercely when it comes from the ‘woke’ left

Noah Berlatsky
Noah Berlatsky
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Noah Berlatsky
Noah Berlatsky

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it," has become a free speech cliché. But does that mean you must defend to the death the right of anyone to say anything from anywhere without any consequences? 

In practice, people regulate the opinions they allow on their platforms, and pick and choose whose speech, and what speech, they are willing to defend. This isn’t a failure to abide by free speech principles. It’s a recognition of the basic truth that not all ideas are equally worthy of respect, support or amplification. 

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