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BRIAN C. ANDERSON is the editor of City Journal, published by the Manhattan Institute. He is the editor of The Beholden State (2013), co-author of A Manifesto for Media Freedom (2008), and the author of Democratic Capitalism and its Discontents (2007) and South Park Conservatives (2005).
The rise of alternative media over the last 20 years has broken the liberal stranglehold over news and opinion outlets. Yet, instead of fighting back with ideas, today’s liberals quietly and relentlessly work to smother this political discourse under a tangle of campaign-finance and media regulations.