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Quotation of the Day…

is from Holman Jenkins’s most-recent Wall Street Journal essay, titled “Spotify and Rogan, the Real Adults”:

Utopians might wish it were otherwise, but there is no way to censor lies without censoring the truth. You do only damage by trying.

DBx: Pictured here is Joe Rogan, some of whose podcasts contain content that offends Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

Rogan deserves applause for airing ideas about Covid and vaccines that challenge the official “Science.” And Young and Mitchell discredit themselves by reacting as they did to Rogan’s podcasts. But I think it’s noteworthy that, at least as far as I know, neither Young nor Mitchell demanded censorship by government. Further, and to their genuine credit, each of these individuals put their money where their mouths are.

Just as Joe Rogan and his guests have a right to free speech, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have a right to object in whatever peaceful ways they wish to what other people say or don’t say.