Future of Dissent
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.
212-966-0466 Price: Free
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A hard-hitting exposé that shines a light on the powerful conservative forces that have waged a multi-decade battle to hijack the meaning of free speech—and how we can reclaim it.
There’s a critical debate taking place over one of our most treasured rights: free speech. We argue about whether it’s at risk, whether college students fear it, whether neo-Nazis deserve it, and whether the government is adequately upholding it.
But as writer & journalist P. E. Moskowitz (How to Kill a City) shows in The Case Against Free Speech, the term has been defined and redefined to suit those in power, and in recent years, it has been captured by the right to push their agenda. What’s more, our investment in the First Amendment obscures an uncomfortable truth: free speech is impossible in an unequal society where a few corporations and the ultra-wealthy bankroll political movements, millions of voters are disenfranchised, and our government routinely silences critics of racism and capitalism.
Moskowitz will be joined in discussion by Jake Flores, creator and host of radical political comedy podcast Pod Damn America.Buy tickets/get more info now