It’s often a surprise to people when they find out that free speech actually cuts both ways.
Sure – a newspaper can run an editorial in it’s entirety with an expletive.
(only with the word spelled out)
That’s free speech.
But guess what? People who pay for advertising in such a paper are also free to speak. The thing is, they speak with cash.
The student manager of the paper said his goal was to get college students to talk about free speech. Yet:
In a letter to the University Community and Collegian readers, McSwane wrote, “While the editorial board feels strongly with regard to First Amendment issues, we have found the unintended consequences of such a bold statement to be extremely disheartening.”
Why should he be “disheartened”? Free speech is coming at him from all directions! People are talking about it and acting on it. It’s all good and his goal is reached!
It will be curious to see if Colombia also learns a few things about all sides of free speech.