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FREEDOM OF SPEECH

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) (1903-1950),

English novelist

 


Everyone has the right to free speech.

 

A modern society cannot be afraid of a voice.  Not of a sole voice and not of a chorus.

 

Only with freedom of speech can the true voice of the peoples be heard.

 

There's no such thing as Hate Speech.  If communication offends you then simply turn off the communication; stop reading the article or Tweet or change the TV channel.  The preference of hate; extremely not wanting something in your life, although unfriendly, is a natural state of mind which should be inherently protected by law.  See chapter Hate.

 

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest."

Thomas Paine (1737-1809),

American political activist and theorist, philosopher, and revolutionary

 

The only type of speech that should be prevented is speech promoting criminality, like terrorist propaganda inciting violence.

 

Mega corp monopolies like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are the de facto modern town square and should be compelled by law to grant legal free speech to all their users.  Their 2010s banning and deplatforming of users simply for their political ideology is morally reprehensible and should be illegal.

 

People being prosecuted globally including in the UK for their blog posts is a move against the right to free speech.  If people don't like what you have to say online then it's exceedingly easy not to have to experience it.  By 2016 over a dozen countries had or were considering laws restricting online speech.

 

Around 2016 中国 (Zhonghua or China), in an operation the American government described as "chilling", abducted five booksellers, not authors, from other countries selling books they disapproved of.  In one instance a bookseller abducted from 香港 (Hong Kong) claimed to have been incarcerated for eight months.  Another, a Svenska (Swedish) citizen, abducted from the ไทย (Thai) Sin City พัทยา (Pattaya) was the only one still in custody a year later.

 

By mid-2017 conservative speech was being censored en masse from the major social platforms.  Google's YouTube was even taking action against speech that didn't even breach its own terms & conditions, instead only if it were deemed 'controversial'.  Facebook, Twitter, Patreon, PayPal, Google Play and even website hosts and domain registrars were deplatforming people and organizations they considered undesirable.

 

"If the SPLC and ADL, with their (growing) list of "hate groups" are going to be the arbiter for approved online speech, we have reached a very scary place in this country.  It will be the end of the Internet as we know it and America will be no better than totalitarian China and N. Korea."

Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites?,

Paula Bolyard,

PJ Media news,

August 19, 2017