Self-censorship in the US
When citizens stop voicing their concerns in public about current events, policies and ideas out of fear that they will lose their livelihoods and social standing, it is -- or should be -- a huge problem in a democracy. The free exchange of opinions and ideas is the bedrock of free and healthy democracies worthy of their name. How much speech can you shut down -- and how many people can you "cancel"-- before public discourse is destroyed altogether?
A democratic society of fearful
citizens who dare not speak about what is on their minds - often important
issues of their time -- is doomed to succumb to the will of those who bully the
hardest and shout the loudest.