“Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” -Patrick Henry on Holding Back Opinions
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This quote by Patrick Henry on holding back opinions might not be as famous as his “give me liberty or give me death” quote, which is one of the greatest rhetorical attacks on tyranny and defenses of fighting that tyranny ever, hence why the Atlas Shrugged Part III team used in it a trailer; it makes you excited to stand up for yourself. But I think that this quote is just as important for modern Americans as the more famous one, if not more so.
That’s because, while America still has to deal with tyranny, as shown by state actions during the Chinese Flu pandemic, the larger issue is not government tyranny but tyranny from one’s peers and other private actors.
As I discussed in my post on social media censorship of the New York Post Hunter Biden story, the government won’t tell you what to say or what you can say (yet), but Twitter will. Like I wrote about in my post on free speech on college campuses, the government won’t tell college students what to say, but tyrannical and leftist administrators and radical college students certainly will. And, of course, the government isn’t going to fire you for saying something offensive; but your company will, usually at the behest of your coworkers. Gen Z Conservative read more