They may or may not have been playing the song “The World Turned Upside Down” when Lord Charles Cornwallis’s troops surrendered to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown in 1781, but there’s good reason to sing it now.
Progressives tell us that it is a violation of “democracy” to allow state legislators and governors elected by voters to decide how to regulate or criminalize abortion. “Democracy,” in this view, requires such decisions to be made by nine unelected judges.
Progressives tell us that “democracy” requires “content moderation” — censorship, in plain English — of all communications over prevalent social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Free speech, in this view, violates “democracy” unless “content moderators,” or censors, who are primarily from the progressive Left, decide what can and cannot be communicated.
Things haven’t quite become an Orwellian dystopia in which “democracy” only requires an agreement that two plus two is five. But we have gotten to the point that speech considered offensive must be called violence, and “mostly peaceful,” or violent, protests must be regarded as speech.
Progressives have also moved to suppress information formerly considered useful but now stigmatized for producing politically incorrect results. College and graduate school admissions offices are