Why Do Progressives No Longer Defend Free Expression?

A half-century ago, progressives used to push limitless free expression, blasting conservatives for their allegedly blinkered traditionalism. They boasted of obliterating once-normal boundaries in art, music, and literature to allow nudity, profanity, sexuality, and anti-American boilerplate.

Now?

The left is Victorian—increasingly puritanical, regressive, and hypersensitive. Even totalitarian censorship and book-burning have weirdly become part of their by-any-means-necessary methods.

University of California at Berkeley professor Grace Lavery was so outraged by author Abigail Shrier’s latest book, “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” that she went well beyond the usual calls to ban the book. Lavery advocated burning Shrier’s book.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by nrkbeta is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
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