Enemies of Debate

Instead of engaging in healthy debate about ideas, some activists want information about citizens so they can target people for their personal beliefs and subject them to harassment and intimidation in order to silence those they disagree with.

Reason: The Pandemic Brings Out Americans’ Inner Snitches

Snitch culture is dangerous in a larger way, too, since it erodes the structure of a free society by breaking community bonds. “Denunciations provide the means by which individuals can harm others whom they dislike and gain relative to them within their communities. Ultimately, this can lead to a reorientation of society away from cooperation and trust, and toward hierarchy and obedience.”

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Citizen Privacy Under Attack During Coronavirus Pandemic

Activists and elected officials who are opposed to citizen privacy are attempting to take advantage of the current crisis to advance their anti-free speech agenda. Last week, Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to insert regulations that would limit First Amendment rights into the CARES Act.

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The Atlantic: Red and Blue America Agree That Now Is the Time to Violate the Constitution

History presents numerous examples of liberty violations made in the face of security threats: the Alien and Sedition Acts signed into law by President John Adams, Japanese American internment camps during WWII, and the use of torture after 9/11. After the threat has subsided, Americans must recognize any constitutional violations for what they were, lest they become the new normal.

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