Tinker is the lodestar for free speech in public schools.
We cannot connect with each other when we have lost freedom of thought or speech. We are lonely, isolated, and at loose ends – as sociologists like to say, atomized.
Mob behavior does not display discernment. That is why I say: examine yourself, settle down, love your opponents. As Martin Luther King said, “we must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.”
Reedies Against Racism undertook a mutiny, and succeeded. Consequently, they destroyed in twenty-four months, a set of traditions that developed over more than a century.
What is the relationship – favorite academic question, because then you can do regression analysis! – between attitudes about free speech, and what happened during the Chicago riots in August 1968?
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Yet I suppose the TSFSMS hopes that even if students can wear black armbands to protest a war, they still have to participate in coerced pledges to the flag. Let’s keep our priorities straight.
We all want to be left alone. In the past we valued democracy, because it seemed the best path to a good life. We tolerated politicians, because they did not come around that often. The contract we had with them seemed to work well enough. This round seems different. This time, democratic institutions could continue to wane for several generations.
For years, as we watched our republic deteriorate, we could say, “Well, at least we still have free speech.” Now we cannot say even that. To echo the bearded guy in robe and sandals who walks city streets with a placard in the old New Yorker cartoons: ‘The End Is Coming.”
Do not let restrictions on speech take hold. It is the most insidious form of control, as it requires no laws, no punishments, no formal court proceedings.
If he wants to force them to behave a certain way during public rites like the national anthem, why doesn’t he simply line up a bunch of dummies at the sideline during the music? If he puts helmets on his dummies, television cameras and fans can’t tell the difference.
Pity our culture wars should have taken a turn this deadly, this irreversible, and this fundamentally based on feelings of superiority.