Hyperbole aside, I’ll just say it. No Safe Spaces is one of the most important documentaries that you need to see today…like right now…soon. Sure, I get that by mentioning the film’s two hosts, Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla, it would be easy to just dismiss the film as a hate-filled indoctrination into conservatism. Its message, though, is not about right vs. left, but then it is in a way. It’s about how the idea of debate and dissent is becoming an endangered species in modern culture.
From director Justin Folk and writer John Sullivan, No Safe Spaces digs deep into how identity politics today has become a tool to suppress and even penalizes the expression of free speech. Folk and Sullivan’s film dutifully documents the movement to stop the utterance of differing viewpoints under the guise that its hate speech. It all began on American university campuses, ironically the birthplace of free speech during the 60s.
“…digs deep into how identity politics today has become a tool to suppress and even penalizes the expression of free speech.”
No Safe Spaces is loaded with examples of how differing viewpoints were being squelched on campus by students and teachers. Universities first tried to cancel appearances by conservatives Prager and Carolla because they were afraid of student backlash due to hurt feelings. When that didn’t work, school administrators charged conservative campus groups exorbitant security fees to protects the university not from the damage caused by the attendees of conservative lectures but from the potential rioting of protesters. We’ve gotten to the point where we now riot over free speech.
The documentary begins to explain how we, as a society, have lost the ability to debate. How we’re unable to defend our viewpoints, permit them to be challenged, or find some form of common ground that we can stand on together. We’ve become lazy. Rather than debate and challenge the ideas of others, we demonize those with whom we disagree as a racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobe, white nationalist Nazi. In other words, this country is divided, and it’s your fault.