Though recent events such as the riot outside Milo's Berkeley talk, Ezra's fire alarm pull, and me getting pepper sprayed at NYU might lead you to think we are reaching an anti-free speech zenith, but all this is nothing new.
Back in the 1990s, it was the Right who was censoring people and they were just as strict. Name any creative media and you had lunatics trying to shut it down. Even comic books were under siege.
This week we talk to cartoonist Mike Diana. He is the first artist to be criminally convicted of artistic obscenity in America.
His punishment included not even being allowed to draw (privately, alone, with no intention of showing it to anybody) in his own home.
We also speak to cartoonist Peter Kuper, who testified at Mike's trial.
There is a documentary coming out about all this shortly. Even if you see comics as totally esoteric, you should check it out.
The enemies of freedom keep moving the goal posts and changing sides, but they are ubiquitous and they've always been around.