‘Does anyone believe in free speech anymore?’

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Conservatives have tried to “shame students” and university administrators for expressing support for Palestinians following Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attack. The “basic argument for free speech” is “that it is better to hear those you violently disagree with than to ban or silence them.” The alternative is driving discourse into the “gutters of political life where it festers.” Read more Subscribe to The Week Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives. SUBSCRIBE & SAVE Sign up for The Week’s Free Newsletters From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox. From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox. 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But Bankman-Fried’s “recent criminal fraud conviction provides an opportunity to break with an unsavory past and chart a respectable future.” Crypto still has great potential. To realize it, the industry, regulators, and Congress have to get together on “stronger, better-fitting rules” to restore its reputation. Read more ‘It’s going to be 1977 forever if Republicans keep this up’ David Harsanyi in The Federalist “The GOP has perhaps the strongest case to make for taking power in decades,” says David Harsanyi in The Federalist. The border is a disaster. President Biden “is a doddering, incoherent mess.” But Republicans are squandering this opportunity by failing to come up with a coherent message on the economy, consistently voters’ top issue. Blame GOP populists, who focus their energy on “subservience to Trump” and “relitigating 2020,” which will only lead Republicans to irrelevance. Read more Explore More Free Speech Israel Palestine Cryptocurrency Politics Israel And Palestine Oil Energy 2024 Presidential Election Republicans Republican Party Sam Bankman-Fried Hamas Instant Opinion Donald Trump Continue reading for free We hope you’re enjoying The Week’s refreshingly open-minded journalism. sign up to continue reading Already have an account ? Sign in here Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription. Sign up to our 10 Things You Need to Know Today newsletter A free daily digest of the biggest news stories of the day – and the best features from our website Contact me with news and offers from other Future brandsReceive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsorsBy submitting your information you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and are aged 16 or over. Harold Maass, The Week US Social Links Navigation Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance. Latest Today’s political cartoons – November 10, 2023 Cartoons Friday’s cartoons – birds renamed, pandas repatriated, and more By The Week US Published 10 November 23 Will North Korea take advantage of Israel-Hamas conflict? Today’s Big Question Pyongyang’s ties with Russia are ‘growing and dangerous’ amid reports it sent weapons to Gaza By Harriet Marsden, The Week UK Published 10 November 23 Quiz of The Week: 4 -10 November Puzzles and Quizzes Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news? 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