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Is Free Speech Killing Democracy?


Friday, April 29 | 4 PM
Maxwell Auditorium 

Jacob Mchangama is the founder and executive director of Justitia, Denmark's first judicial think tank aiming to promote the rule of law and fundamental human rights and freedom rights both within Denmark and abroad. He is also the host and narrator of the podcast Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech.

Mchangama's talk will take seriously the idea advanced by many that free speech has been “weaponized” by extremists and turned against the very values this freedom was meant to serve, as witnessed by the attack on the Capitol on January 6th which could not have happened without a campaign of lies and disinformation that went viral on social media.  But it will use both historical and contemporary examples to argue that free speech is still the “Bulwark of Liberty” and the foundation of democracy and that using censorship and repression to protect democracy is a cure worse than the disease.

Jacob Mchangama headshot and book cover
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