Free speech is not just a right protecting the citizenry from government persecution; it is a founding principle upon which free and open societies are based. When I see Left-wing identitarians put forward the argument that, “The free speech amendment ONLY protects you from the government” I see that as both a rejection on their part of free speech as a founding principle of our country and a veiled threat. In other words, “if the government doesn’t get you WE WILL.” This threat is impossible to dismiss in an age where authoritarians controlling dissemination of information through utilities like Twitter and Facebook censor and ban conservative viewpoints. The owner of Twitter is a vocal Black Lives Matter supporter and regular bans and censors prominent conservatives like Milo Yiannopoulos and Chuck Johnson (the reporter who outed UVA rape hoaxer Jackie Coakley). Can you imagine if Bell Telephone Company or AT&T lines had been monitored by billionaire plutocrats for “incorrect speech” as the views of social media users today are?
Since the 1960’s when the roots of far-left liberal activism reached maturation we’ve seen many successful attempts to create “choking points” around free speech. These tactics were outlined by dedicated Communist Saul Alinsky in his book "Rules for Radicals". Just like you can assault an army in more directions than just head on (from the side through an underpass, etc.) there are several ways to deny people their rights in ways unknown to the founding fathers. One of which we see on campuses throughout the nation where any professor who makes remarks critical of multiculturalism or political correctness is, cajoled, fired, or intimidated into silence. We saw this recently in the public tarring and feathering of UVA lecturer Doug Muir, who dared to claim that Black Lives Matter is a racist group on Facebook. For the record, Black Lives Matter is a group which has advocated for the killing of white police officers on many occasions. We can see the fruits of their labors in the five police officers slain by a BLM member in Dallas, Texas. Their critics point out that they exploit the crime epidemic in inner city ghettos in order to advocate policy preferences and benefits for their racial in-group.
The first rule of censorship is control the youth. By weeding out dissent and argument within academia you turn its halls from a Grecian debate hall into an Orwellian indoctrination facility. At elite schools the disproportion of ideology among faculty is enormous. 87% of professors are liberal and just 13% of professors are conservatives. Just as in Hollywood and the news media there is enormous pressure to conform to Cultural Marxist principles. There are hiring preferences with a wink and a nod to those with a proven track record of liberal activism.