Finally seeing the (torch) light

For background commentary, I’d suggest revisiting this cartoon and blog post.

I do think free speech is imperiled these days — by bullies, online harassers, those who practice intimidation to silence others (and call it speech), by authoritarian governments such as Turkey’s, Russia’s, and increasingly our own. See also this article about press freedoms threatened around the globe.


  • James Hutchins

    Can’t one be pro-free speech (including hate speech) and open to bringing even the most imbecilic ideas into the free-market place of ideas to be dismantled and ridiculed for all to see AND be disgusted by radical right-wingers? I do believe that many students on campuses are giving ammunition to these people by shouting them down, punching them, or not allowing them to speak. It will lead to these idiotic ideas spreading. It makes their ideas seem powerful and threatening and dangerous, which some people will find alluring. If we’re bigger than them and engage in peaceful, non-disruptive protests people will see that what they’re saying is nonsense and that we are not afraid of their ideas. I usually agree with you Ms. Sorensen but not on this one.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.