What Is the "Culture of Free Speech"?


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In this podcast, I host a conversation with Symposium contributors Helen Pluckrose, Cathy Young, and Robert Garmong on that elusive concept, the “culture of free speech”: the need for toleration and open debate, not just as a political or legal protection, but as a cultural norm. But what is the “culture of free speech,” how do we draw the line between ideas that are open for discussion and those that are beyond the pale, and why do we need this concept in the first place? Listen in as I talk these questions out with our contributors.

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