It is not difficult nowadays to find people who are afraid to express their opinions at work or in public lest they suffer career-killing retaliation.
There are the "approved opinions" and there are risky ones. The latter are not extreme. They would not have been risky a few years ago but there has been a radical shift.
Lowered voices are required because candor carries a price.
We must push back against silencing. Fear must not become normal.
It's time to study Eastern Europe in its communist years:
"Normalization meant accepting the way things were without any argument about how they should be, and it was the suction of this vacuum that troubled [Vaclav] Havel the most." - Timothy Snyder
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