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I very much like the addition of Nat Hentoff to the lineup:

What distinguishes us from all other nations is the range and depth of the First Amendment’s expressive individual liberties against government control of what we say and think…. Once our republic began, James Madison expected that no American would be punished for his “thoughts.” But “hate crimes” laws – vigorously and incredibly supported by the American Civil Liberties Union – are what Madison feared.

I seldom agree with Mr. Hentoff. But I have far more respect for him than for most of the nominally “right-wing” commentariat, because unlike them, he genuinely understands the concept of freedom of thought and the dangers of government control.

The Lewis book sounds like a restatement of the obvious, but then, the mindless Left could use just such a reminder right now, especially from one of its own.

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