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The Alpha and Omega of Free Speech: Making Space for a Freer Dialogue

Free speech is a civil liberty of the most wretched amongst us—and also the most deserving. Take it away from one, take it away from all.

If you’re for free speech, tolerance and liberal values, you can’t pick and choose. Any freedom of expression that you take away from someone you disagree with, you also take away from yourself.

That’s how it works.

As liberals, our plan over the next four years should be to double down on ensuring that conservative viewpoints are better represented in the high towers where ideas are discussed.

TED talks. Colleges. Netflix documentaries.

Because, running from the conversation, denying our opponents a seat at the table, shouting that “the system’s broken” when we’re not getting exactly what we want—this is not only how we lose the “war”.

This is how we lose everything we stand for.

Image source unknown. Alpha (Α or α) and omega (Ω or ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and a title of Christ and God in the Book of Revelation.