Debates about the meaning and limits of speech are typically centered on the relationship between the individual and government. Court cases involving the First Amendment are examples.
But efforts to define and restrict speech do not always pit government against individuals. Increasingly in American society, controversies involving speech happen in workplaces, on social media, in commercial settings, and at educational institutions.
Arguably, government protections of free expression in the United States have never been stronger than they are today. Free speech is not under attack by government censorship.
In contrast, however, free expression is increasingly under attack by American culture. This should concern