Marxist Origins of Hate-Speech Legislation and Political Correctness

Policy Forum
November 28, 2017
4:00PM to 5:30PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Flemming Rose, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Marian L. Tupy, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

Throughout much of the Western world, free speech is under assault. From the Muhammad cartoon controversy in Denmark to student protests against speakers with unorthodox views on U.S. campuses, journalists, academics, and public figures must moderate their views or find themselves being prevented from speaking out. Yet freedom of speech is central to the emergence and continued survival of a liberal society. How did we come to this? According to our speakers, the spread of Marxist ideas, facilitated by the communist regimes during the Cold War and by postmodern scholarship, deserve at least part of the blame. Please join us for a discussion of some of the lasting effects of Marxism on the world today.