every story about free speech, cancel culture, academic freedom, and so forth that isn't bullshit - and let's be clear the vast majority of them are - is actually about power.
in America, that power can be media power - like with Fox News fixates on a professor, teacher, administrator, whoever, that says something about racism that they think they can twist.
that power can be financial, corporate, political, but again tends to be about pushing against left voices because the center and the right like to join up there. But it can go the other way, and does sometimes.
here's a piece I wrote years ago at @PacificStand (RIP) about power and speech.

@PacificStand people with power do not like to analyze situations with this lens for obvious reasons. But it's the lens - and it's an apartisan lens in form, if not in execution in reality - that works in all situations.

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