Who decides what’s good and what’s forbidden? What’s hate or love? The same people who called the burning looting, and destroying of American cities the ‘summer of love”?
America’s intellectual leadership has collapsed.
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced. Putting up with speech that offends is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
If speech that offends a group is outlawed, that group has absolute power, and a free society is destroyed. A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed. It can work its will no matter what it is, and no one will be able to say anything to stop it.
Inoffensive speech needs no protection. The First Amendment was developed precisely in order to protect speech that was offensive to some, in order to prevent those who had power from claiming they were offended by speech opposing them and silencing the powerless.
A free society is by its nature one in which people put up with others being uncivil and offensive. The alternative is a quiet authoritarian society in which only one opinion is allowed and the others are silenced, and ultimately sent to the camps.
White House Press Secretary: Biden Backs Censorship of Trump
Daybreak Insider: The press secretary said “We’ve spoken to him and he’s spoken to the need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech.” The video is here (Twitter). From Dave Rubin: This is extraordinarily dangerous and shows you how big tech is just an extension of the government. 1at amendment stops govt from silencing you, so the government wants to outsource that to the tech companies. (Also, as per Supreme Court there is no such thing as hate speech.) (Twitter).
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