Let’s Talk About… Free Speech

There was a time when most Americans both on the left and the right agreed that free speech was a good thing. The ability to communicate freely without fear of retribution from one’s government was crucial to the preservation of a free society. Today, caught up in the hyper tribal world of social media, many people seem to have forgotten the importance of free speech.

Elite members of the laptop class are howling for more content moderation, better known as censorship. Using contradictory logic, they demand that the government save democracy by limiting the speech that certain citizens are allowed to say. Censorious politicians are calling for more government control of social media, and the Biden Administration has even sought to create a Ministry of Truth within the Department of Homeland Security, charged with the Orwellian task of determining fact from fiction in online speech.

But before demanding that government officials censor harmful misinformation, ask yourself this. Do you trust your least favorite politician with the power to determine what you, a mere citizen, is allowed to hear or say? Matt Kibbe breaks it all down in this episode of Let’s Talk About…

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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