Free Speech and the Cultural Balancing Act

Americans often take for granted that they can say just about anything without the looming concern of dire consequences. They can assume a position on something, announce it as loudly and vehemently as they like, and avoid censure regardless of the fact that someone else doesn’t approve of it. This idea was fundamental to the formation of the United States, and it is still upheld in terms of legal precedent and enforcement. Yet there

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