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On the Limits of Free Speech

In trying times, should free speech be limited?

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Insignificant Weed
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I want to compliment you on your determination to foster free speech. People are the given the freedom to say good or bad things, do good or bad things, and think good or bad things. So, we have a choice because freedom of speech is an innate God given privilege. We can abuse free speech by spewing words of hate or curse words. But, let us ask ourselves, which words are more effective? Hateful, demeaning and gutter language has an affect on both the person saying these words and the person hearing the diatribes. Sure, you can say whatever you want, but do you not have some kind of morality driving your actions toward other people? Free speech reigns; it will never go away. We have a choice in how we use our words. Speech cannot be legislated - it is up to us to use this gift in a positive way that will produce a harmonious society that can work together with different ideas, faith beliefs, political parties, age groups, and other social group that can be formed.
Thank you for sharing. We do need to be aware of the ideas and thinking of other groups that we don't associate with.
In this sentence, "Some of the teachers I worked with had a very strick idea of education." strick is misspelled - it should be strict
Not getting this - having difficulty understanding what the statement in parentheses is saying "that they had no self-control (any longer we live in a world of children, don't we?)"

 Comment Written 29-Oct-2018

reply by the author on 29-Oct-2018
    Thank you for the editing tips. I had corrected, actually, both of those on the site where I first posted this (, but I suppose I forgot to do so here. Thank you for your generous comments.
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I find this topic very interesting as a whole; free speech and it's effects. I like the part about outlawing words because the are genuinely offensive. You offer a lot of knowledge in the peice along with your personal opinion. Thank you for sharing!

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Everyone has a right to their opinion, or do they? In this day and age we are expected to be PC to the utmost, and there's more whining over being offended than I can stomach. On the other hand, common decency and respect for others have been left far behind. Words should be used for good, to uplift, to right wrongs, to inspire growth, etc. I find it difficult to condone their use to intentionally be cruel and inflict pain on others, difficult to say one has a right to say horrid things, but censorship is a slippery slope, indeed. To whom should we give the right to decide what is allowed, our government? I think not! We all have minds, and voices, of our own, and we can only hope that more will be used wisely and with decency than not, and steady ready to fight the good fight when we feel we should. I found a couple of minor spag, which I'd have to reread to recall the specifics of, but an interesting, thought provoking read here. Well done.

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True, free speech can be used as weapons of war. But was Thomas Paine a 'terrible person'? Was Fredrick Douglas a 'terrible person'? Was Abraham Lincoln a 'terrible person'? All used free speech to destroy 'something' they considered abhorrent. While I get your message, Lance, I think your opening lines are misleading. Free speech isn't the culprit. Reckless and unfounded speech is. Your opening lines fail to distinguish between them. Using our constitutional right of free speech to 'destroy' bigotry or oppression does not make us 'terrible people'.

I hope you'll reconsider your opening lines, Lance, because you can't hold water in a leaky sieve.

Peace, Lee

 Comment Written 29-Oct-2018

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    You're absolutely right, but I am speaking to more than just people like you and I who agree with the good that can be done with words. The problem is that there is a blow back about everything and, speaking today, the circumstances are very different than with the American revolution, the abolitionist movement and the US Civil War (although we are approaching some similarities as well). No, what I am saying is that people are allowed to be racists; people are allowed to even say slavery should make a comeback. People can saying anything--anything, so long as they are willing to deal with the consequences. So yes. Yes. Words can be used as weapons. They can cause 'permanent damage,' which, frankly, I applaud.
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