Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Consequences


There have been a few questions/takes about this "freedom" issue. Of course, at GaG and throughout most of American society, it pretty much just means the "freedom" to use racial slurs, hurl insults, and engage in all manner of speech that is less than civil. But traditionally, it meant the "freedom" from having your government dictate the forms of permissible speech within our society. A "free" press could criticize the government. Freedom of speech allowed groups to peacefully protest and voice grievances. Because before that, under English rule, dissension was not allowed. People who protested or express disagreement could be jailed or killed. Any press that was not beneficial to the monarchy was prohibited. I really encourage everyone, "Blacks", "Whites", American Indians, Asians, etc. in America to read about the Founding Fathers. Each major figure actually "figures" prominently in the institutions we have today. James Madison and his views on the Freedom of Speech and the Press. George Washington basically created the office of the President. John Adams, fiercely anti-slavery and a staunch defender of the basic right to legal counsel. Alexander Hamilton, the creator of the economic system.

But I digress. I wanted to talk about the Freedom of Speech, a concept that has be co-opted by the Anti-PC movement.

1. The Freedom of Speech is not without limits. You can't really be serious about the concept if you think it is. You can't threaten to kill others or threaten bodily harm to public officials. Just ask Kathy Griffin. I know she claims it was only a mask. But it was interpreted as a threat that she wanted to behead the President. Threats against public officials veiled or otherwise are against the law. She deserved to be fired from CNN and deserved to lose her livelihood for a time. I think she even deserved to be investigated by the Secret Service so they could ensure no real threat existed. All of that stuff that came afterwards, being on Interpol's no fly list, etc. as just silliness designed to punish her. I disagree with that stuff.

You can't claim your freedom of speech was violated if you did something this stupid.
You can't claim your freedom of speech was violated if you did something this stupid.

2. You can't make up lies about people and not expect to be sued. Alex Jones lied about the Sandy Hook tragedy. He claimed it was just a government hoax and the kids did not die. He claimed the parents were just paid actors. Well, he is in court now fighting for his livelihood because the parents from the Sandy Hook massacre are suing him. It is against the law to slander and commit libel. Your Freedom of Speech does not cover lies. If you look at past "takes" on the Freedom of Speech many contain blatant lies about positions or statements from certain individuals quoted to give more weight to the poster's arguments.

Just a lying fat turd.
Just a lying fat turd.

3. You are not free from consequences just because you have the freedom to say or do something stupid. You can be fired from your job. People can exercise their Freedom of Speech and say something insulting or negative towards you. People may not patronize your restaurant, see the incident at the Red Hen where the owners refused to serve Sarah Sanders and her family. Now people are protesting the restaurant and refusing to dine there. Your Freedom of Speech does not protect you from being called a racist, a sexist, an idiot, or a turd. People exercising their Freedom of Speech does not violate your own.

These are the consequences of kicking a public official out of your restaurant.
These are the consequences of kicking a public official out of your restaurant.

4. In America, there is no law prohibiting hate speech. Hate speech is protected under the Constitution as ruled by the Supreme Court. The Anti-PC crowd would have you believe the exact opposite because some person loses their job over saying a racial slur. You have the right to Freedom of Expression. You don't have the right to be employed by your employer. And if that employer believes your publicly stated views reflect poorly on their organization they the right to terminate you based on that assessment alone. Get over it!!!!

Free speech is one of this nation's founding principles, but you have to be unbalanced to think it is without limit.
Free speech is one of this nation's founding principles, but you have to be unbalanced to think it is without limit.

It is so "convenient" how the Anti-PC folks frame this debate. Their chief concern is not that the government would actually limit freedom of speech. Especially now, since the turd in office is so thin-skinned, he can't take a joke or much criticism. Their only concern is that they want to be able to hurl racial insults and engage in uncivil discussion without any repercussions. So in reality, they have never cared about Freedom of Speech. They will discard the concept as soon as it proves to be unhelpful in achieving their goals. Everything has consequences. Become an adult and find a way to deal with that. In other words, put on your big boy pants and stop being a snowflake.

Blue Anons you are guys are allowed on this one. Oh Praise Be!!!!!

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  • BlueCoyote
    Great MyTake! I think what a lot of anti-PC advocates on the political right don't understand is that the freedom of speech is intended precisely for the kind of speech you DON'T agree with. I see this lack of insight a lot with idiots like Ben Shapiro or Milo Yiannopoulos. In their immaturity, they think they're taking some kind of brave, heroic stance whenever they defend disgusting neonazis with odious views. However, especially in the case of Milo, who agrees with many of these people, that's not something special. It's not hard to support people you already agree with.
    The freedom of speech - in a broader, societal sense - exists to protect the kind of speech we disagree with. For example if a progressive like myself calls for Ben Shapiro's right to speak publicly, I'm defending his freedom speech. By doing that, I'm basically saying "I think he's an idiot and he's wrong BUT I believe he should be allowed to say what he wants to say."
    Yet, most of these right-wing commentators who call themselves the gods of anti-pc and the royal defenders of the freedom of speech commit exactly this hypocrisy. They love crying about their buddies who get deplatformed at colleges, yet I have never heard them say a single word against the deplatforming of pro-palestinian advocates or atheist speakers.

    The anti-pc crowd thinks they're being some kind of heroes but they're also just abusing the freedom of speech for their own convenience. In that sense, they are no different from the extreme people on the authoritarian left that they pretend to criticize.

    Freedom of speech - as a societal principle - only works if we grant it to everyone, regardless of how much we sympathize with their views.
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    • Thank you for your post. But it appears that the issue that has folks mad is plain ole' capitalism. Most businesses in the U. S. make a living off of providing good and services. And the more people who buy their goods and services, the more money these businesses make. Well, it is bad business to promote discrimination or bigotry. So most business try to be as inclusive as possible in their messaging. Of course, this will draw the ire of certain people who dislike that message and they may take to certain platforms to complain.

      The point is that when they do, they are risking their livelihoods. But that does not stop them from voicing their opinion.

  • ladsin
    I agree with most all of it. I would just point out one potential error and one area I wish you had covered more.

    I think in part you were conflating freedom of assembly and free speech at the beginning. Not a big deal both pretty much go hand-in-hand, but I think that as freedom of assembly is such a novel and important phenomena it's good to recognize it as well.

    On to the more important part. I would've liked to hear how far you think libel and slander should go. For example a fellow I know of stated something like, "Listen And Believe is stupid! I'm a skeptic and I think a person should only be incriminated when there's sufficient evidence to do so, because news flash women can be awful people too. Because they're people." In response he was doxed and his employer was called by multiple persons and informed that he was in fact a rape apologist and perhaps a rapist himself. He was called into his boss' office and fired. When informed of why he responded that he hadn't raped anyone, in fact he's only slept with two women and both of them instigated it. The employer didn't seem to care and fired him anyway.
    -That is at least his rendition of the events- What do you think should happen here if he properly described what happened? Was this sufficient grounds to be called slander? What could he do, they're anonymous? Should the employer be sued for wrongful termination of employment? If so is that not against their right to hire and fire as they choose? Etc, I think that in today's society this is very difficult to parse out and would have enjoyed more discussion on these difficulties.

    Anyways, thanks for the read!
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    • I guess I don't understand. If he thinks he was slandered, why doesn't he bring a lawsuit? I really don't have much of an opinion on what he should do. Sufficed to say, if he thinks he was wronged he should do something about it.

      This might be his moment. Perhaps there are many others who can identify with his situation and he can give voice to a new "social" movement.

    • ladsin

      Who can he sue?

    • ladsin

      They were anonymous tips from people around the world.

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  • tinesters
    I'm glad you outlined an example about Trump. Too many people cannot look at facts objectively today, but it seems like you actually did that, so I'm proud of you. What I also agree with is that you cannot make up lies about other people i. e. character defamation and not expect to have consequences. Ditto with inciting someone to violence or murder. That would go under hate speech, I believe. I do think however that many times nowadays people actually feel the right to cross someone or hurt someone if they made them look poor, didn't feed their egos or otherwise disagreed with them. Even name calling should not be punished, if you ask me. A slur is just a slur. It is not the end of the world unless someone puts you in a position where you lose power, livelihood or credibility. And lol at Praise be. I take it you are familiar with the Handmaid's Tale...
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    • Oh, I love the handmaid's tale. The first episode I watched literally had me shaking. But I want to make one comment. Hate speech is permitted under our Constitution. That means you can talk about hatred of one group or another. The issue is, you cannot incite people towards violence. That is against the law.

      So yes, name calling is permitted. But Kathy Griffin posting with a mask of Trump, needed to be investigated. Because she knew what she doing. It looked like a threat against Trump's life.

      I dislike Trump too. But anyone and I mean anyone threatening his life has to be investigated. And thrown in jail if need be.

    • tinesters

      Yes, agreed. You are a very principled fellow.. that's good. While I am a conservative and support Trump, I don't hate those who don't. I can understand them to a degree. I have trouble with people talking of hatred about one group or another. And yes, the handmaid's tale.. the book was very good and the movie series was just excellent. I especially liked the relationship between Nick and Offred. Probably says a lot about me but I haven't seen anything as erotic on screen in a while, lol...

    • Well, it is just the women who side with the society remind me of Samuel L. Jackson's character in Django. I thought it was easily Jackson's greatest performance as an actor.

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  • Pamina
    The concept of free speech has been hijacked by Right-Wingers in recent years and has been completely bastardized for their deceitful cause. They ignore the parts about it that don't suit them, make up shit about it that does suit them, and voilá - they got themselves a very neat Right-Wing propaganda version of what was once known as free speech. And the cherry on top of all that is that they - they racists, sexists, homophobes, and general bigots - can now (100% falsely) paint themselves as the new defenders of "free speech". And people are actually buying it.

    What a farce.
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    Is this still revelant?
    • tinesters

      What a complete farce to paint people who are right of the aisle all as racists, bigots and homophobes. You seriously don't think that shows a negative light on you? You are not being objective, you are just hating.

    • @tinesters But that is permitted under free speech laws. You can call me a racist. I can call you one.

      The fact is, calling you a racist is not violating your freedom of speech. You can call me one back and I can't censor you either.

    • tinesters

      I didn't say she was violating that. I disagree with her painting people of one political conviction a certain way. Hating and hate speech aren't the same. Hate speech is persecution. Hating is spreading negativity and mixed with false information.

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  • madhatters4
    you'd hope this type of clear and easy to understand explanation would end the rants and raves about freedom of speech... but sadly those who should read it probably won't
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    • Because it is used a political baseball bat. If you can scare the minions into thinking their right to criticize people "trumps" the right of people to criticize them back, you have won.

      You have imposed restricting freedom of expression by claiming you are saving it.

      Mad, analyze this "so-called conservative" movement. Lies are the truth. Democracy is authoritarianism. Justice for all means some people are above the law. And restricting freedom of expression is actually saving freedom of speech.

      It is how they are being herded. And they are just cows following the butt in front of them, unable to think about where they are actually headed.

    • yeah it's wild and a bit unnerving. it's still in a minority but it is a growing minority that poses a rather legitimate threat to American "democracy".

    • In this thread, a guy is claiming that the human race is being taken over by lizard human hybrids. And get this. . .

      The lizard human hybrids are apart of the liberal/democratic wing of society. So. . . the aliens don't just want to eat humans or babies or whatever these minions have imagined. They want to install a political system of homosexuals, immigrant rights, "Black" lives matter, Islam, and communism.

      I kid you not.

      And that guy in this thread has already been banned from GaG once.

      This is the state of our political discourse.

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  • MlleCake
    Many people mistakenly think the First Amendment means no one can sanction your speech.
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    • Oh yes. They want freedom from being confronted over stupidity. I remember when Bill Maher was going to get strung up for saying terrorists were the "brave ones". To his credit he apologize and took what was coming. He didn't blame Dinesh D'Souza who basically said the same thing. He didn't try to deflect to other media personalities that said something similar.

      He took his punishment and did not complain.

      But we have to listen to folks whine because they want to say some sexist or racist garbage.

      Did you hear that Facebook was going to let holocaust deniers have the freedom to spout on their platform?

    • jacquesvol

      Many people mistakenly think the First Amendment means no one can sanction your speech if you're Conservative.
      (remember the Scotus Mandel verdict)

    • Can't yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater if there's no fire.

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  • ThisDudeHere
    Freedom of speech should just stop at threats and defemation. Everything else should fly.
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  • coralee
    Exactly! I would also add that it does not mean the right to a platform. I can start a cult claiming the sky is green and that we believe it is blue is a government conspiracy but my local University does not have to allow me to speak on their premises.
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    • Thanks for that illustration.

    • If its a Public University and you are a taxpaying citizen by what right could they refuse you?

    • @lucidmemoirs You mean a public university has to accept any person who wants to speak about the sky actually being green?

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  • DinaM
    Like I've said before... it seems like these days "free speech" seems to be a term that douchebags hide behind in order to not have to face the fact that they are being douchebags.
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  • ShortCircuit
    As I've become increasingly more involved in this topic of debate, it has become increasingly more apparent that both sides are doing absolutely nothing but straw man-ing each other.

    Most liberals do not want to actually prosecute and imprison people for using offensive language--only things like libel, slander, and false reports of threat (which are already illegal with what seems to be bipartisan approval).

    Most conservatives do not expect zero social repercussions for using offensive language, they just want to be able to do so without *legal* repercussions if they so chose to (and most wouldn't anyway, of their own accord)--under the false impression that legal repercussions are actually being threatened in the first place.

    Free speech, as long as it doesn't directly incite violence, is and has always been a bipartisan issue (at least in the U. S.), and most likely always will be. In fact, I have my suspicions that these nonexistent arguments were tactically conceived by the two parties that hold a monopoly on our political landscape, in order to distract the populace.
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    • Well, why don't you address the part of my argument that you claim to be non-existent. I am right here.

      And the funny thing is, "so-called conservatives" have already gotten pissy in my thread claiming their rights are being infringed upon.

    • "Well, why don't you address the part of my argument that you claim to be non-existent. I am right here." Are you suggesting that you actually do want to prosecute and imprison people for using offensive language? If so, I hold to my belief that such thinking is not common in mainstream liberalism. So then you would be in the minority.

      Or were you referring to the other side, and claiming that there are conservatives who expect zero social repercussions? If so, I never suggested that there weren't any. I suggested that wasn't common belief among conservatives.

    • I don't know what you want. I am stating the simple fact that people are deliberately claiming that their freedom of speech is being interfered with because they face consequences of speaking out.

      That is not a liberal or conservative issue. Though people try to politicize it because they think it strengthens their argument.

      Kathy Griffin is a comedian I actually like. But she wanted freedom from consequence. She appeared with a bloody mask of Trump and she lost her job. She deserved that condemnation.

      Alex Jones claimed Sandy Hook was faked. He deserves that lawsuit.

      I don't understand how to make my point simpler.

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  • Oram52
    Anti-PC and proponents of free speech would agree with you mostly. I see no contradiction.

    Lets start with hate speech. There is NO such thing as hate speech, each individual is free to express their opinion even if offensive. Are they free from repercussions that may arise maybe not. Example being James Gunn fired for obscene pedophlic jokes.

    But criticizing religions for example is NOT hate speech. SJWs seem keen on calling everything hate speech hence why emphasize on that exists. Government should in NO way interfere in right to opinion even if offensive.

    Expressing harm to someone calling for rape for example, murder, bodily harm is punishable by law, because you are threatening someone. That's why countries have laws setting limits where harassment begins and freedom of speech ends.

    You can't make up lies you are right hence why again law protects us. Specific laws designed to protect us from exactly this. Again no correlation with anti-PC vast majority agree with this.

    Again freedom of assembly is still protected you can freely protest, something majority agree with. As long as it is peaceful and does not violate someone else's liberty or property. There was case of starbucks where black guys had police called on them. There were protests and people were appalled.

    Again something I've defended. If you make racist, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynist comments I would fire in a heart beat.

    You seem to have misunderstood anti-PC sentiment which is majority now sick and tired of thought police. It has nothing to do with above, for example you can't yell bomb on airplane.

    Take is great I agree I however don't see the relevance to anti-PC as they can distinguish points you described above.
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    • I don't see anything in your post to respond to. Are you trying to make a point?

  • Waffles731
    I wrote a take with this exact same title
    Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Consequences ↗
    I want to say two years ago, it was my first one featured
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    • Very good take Waffles. I am sorry I didn't see it. But I just thought with the plethora of threads talking about freedom of speech from a decidedly Anti-PC bent, I wanted to correct the record.

      Thanks man!

  • worldscolide
    You are right about most of it.. What the right including my self stand against is criminalizing offensive speech.. Never mind the loss of jobs part thats at the discretion of the companies that choose to fire. No what i am talking about is What Canada is doing.. The use of incorrect pronouns is now a criminal offense. Or what the UK is doing, cat calling or wolf whisteling is now considered a hate crime. Or take what the UK courts did to Count Dankula for teaching his dog a funny trick.. People seem to believe that being being offensive should be a criminal offense, as if feelings matter... they dont.. Remember offense cannot be given only taken.. People that get so offended so easily are at fault for being offended, because they chose to take offense.

    “Why should your freedom of speech trump a trans person’s right not to be offended?” - Cathy Newman

    “Because in order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive. I mean, look at the conversation we’re having right now. You’re certainly willing to risk offending me in the pursuit of truth. Why should you have the right to do that? It’s been rather uncomfortable.” - Jordan Peterson

    Jordan is right.
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    • Sorry man. I can't do anything about the UK or Canada or any of those other nations. I just know such legislation is impossible here. "Freedom of speech" lives in our bones.

    • agreed

  • Gray-Wisp
    This is all true but I do find one thing odd. (I should also state I believe any business should be able to fire you for any reason.) I find it odd how some people are ok with firing people based on their beliefs but not ok with firing people based on other things that are out of their control.
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    • But it is not about your beliefs. No one knows what you believe until you tell them. If you are a holocaust denier. If you believe in racial supremacy. If you believe homosexuals are brain-damaged, no one knows that, until you voice that opinion. And these are all choices. You are choosing to believe in something then you are choosing to voice that belief.

      So since these are within your control, why would a company keep you in employment if they felt you were damaging their brand?

      As for things out of your control, well, I think that is just basic common sense. They are not making a choice to represent something you do not want associated with your company.

    • Gray-Wisp

      I don't know anyone that believes the holocaust never happened, in racial supremacy, or something about homosexuals with brain damage. When people get fired for things that half of the U. S. agrees with I personally find it quite insane though.

      Beliefs depending on how dear they are to us manifest themselves in many ways. Not just directly by stating them. Keep in mind this is also an age where accusations tend be thrown around with very little evidence.

      For example I used to read books at work. It was usually either by rich capitalists or about war/military. One could assume that I was a conservative or at least right wing based off of the books I was reading. Would that be enough to fire me if they wanted to?

      I was also at a table with some co workers once. The topic turned to homosexuality/gay marriage. Imagine if the other co workers all supported it and then they asked me what I thought. Am I to lie? I could remain silent but still... is refusing to answer enough to be fired?

    • I don't know what to say to posts like these. Are you claiming someone was fired for reading Ben Shapiro's latest work? Are you saying that a person could be fired for having a political opinion?

      That is a strawman argument that has no place in reality. I didn't create this take to debate hypotheticals. I created it because people keep claiming their freedom of speech is being violated, where there is no such law against their freedom to speak out. They just want people to be comfortable with their offensive views.

      It is similar to me claiming my freedom of speech is violated because 60 or 70 people here at GaG have me on their block list. My freedoms have not been violated. And I can't claim that just because I can't force OlderandWiser to read my opinions, my freedoms were taken away.

      The whole idea is absurd.


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  • BrittBratt2416
    That was so freaking stupid of cathy, when you're hardly relevant in industry or media you can't just pull some shit like that.
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    • I don't think it had much to do with her standing. That was basically a death threat. And she knew it.

  • counterpoint
    Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or sanction.

    When the consequences is retaliation or sanction, then it's freedom of speech.
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    • I think you are conflating sanction or retaliation with consequence. Read the statements from the founding fathers. You cannot censor criticism of your statements. That in itself is restricting freedom of speech. The issue the founding fathers were addressing had to do with the government. The government can't restrict freedom of speech by trying to silence the citizens right to voice displeasure at a policy or law. That is a "sanction". Because a citizen cannot do anything against the awesome power of the federal government.

      That is our constitutional right. And it is our constitutional right to criticize each other. Or to not patronize each other's businesses or to fire people we think reflect poorly on our companies.

    • Freedom of speech is universally defined term, not restricted by your constitution. Other counties have different constitution with slightly different rules regarding restricting the freedom of speech.

      Naturally anything we say can have consequences, and freedom of speech does not prevent negative consequences. But if restricted, it's not free speech at all.

      "Free speech with restrictions is not free speech at all" - Bill Maher and I for one agree with him.

      But yes constitutions usually only guarantees freedom from government interference. However, true freedom of speech can only be insured if it's without restrictions.

    • Oh sorry. Didn't know you were Scandinavian. I don't know what it is like in Denmark. But we don't have any hate speech legislation here in America. If you are facing that in Denmark, I really can't do much about it.

      But here in America, you can't slander someone. You can't threaten someone. Those are all accepted as "restrictions". I don't understand why that is so confusing to so many people.

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  • Dchrls78104
    Good example: the homosexuals. The minute you say something they don't agree with, you're a homophobe (this would make me a proud one!). Yet WNBA player Candace Wiggins famously accused
    fellow WNBA players of being 98% lesbian and of bullying her for being heterosexual before she retired from basketball.

    Real freedom involves, not taking hypocritical positions, not trying to justify or excuse wrongdoing, but showing respect for the rights of others.
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    • Dude, it just sounds like a personal problem to me. Grow some thicker skin. Lift some weights. Gain some toughness so you can deal with all the "consequences" of criticizing homosexuals.

      Maybe you can lead a new movement. MLK lead a movement for advocating for basic dignity, the right to vote and freedom to use public resources that your tax dollars pay for.

      Perhaps you can do this new thing where you advocate for the right criticize groups and the "freedom" from having them criticize you back.

    • @RolandCuthbert you are mistaken. Homos do not intimidate me. I speak my truth despite them. They are simply a good example of hypocrites who would muzzle free speech given half the chance.

    • Of course they intimidate you. Here you are complaining about how you treated by "homos". Do you think most waste two seconds thinking about you being a homophobe?


      And you are not muzzled. You are a coward.

  • John_Doesnt
    I never found anything offensive about Kathy Griffin beheading Trump because nobody would have had a problem before he became president. There's plenty of videos of people mutilating celebrities effigies and nobody talks about it. Trump is a reality show celebrity and not really a politician.
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    • Well, you might not have had an issue and if you are consistent that's good. I think that is what I am getting at, "consistency". We do not have laws against hate speech. But that does not mean there are not consequences.

      Kathy dealt with her consequences eventually in a constructive way. Initially, I disagreed with her reaction. She pretended like it was too much.

    • It's not hate speech when it's one person and I am consistent on that. If one person is a prick than the public should be allowed to call them out on it. Doesn't matter who they are. Also, because she's a "comedian" she has a right to parody anybody that she wants. I know that plenty of people have made "hate speech" against Obama, but I don't care and it's not hate speech in my opinion because it's just one person.

    • Oh and I want to be clear. Kathy's photo made it look like she was threatening Trump's life. She can't possibly say it was misconstrued. I think she admits it was a poor joke. But again, she deserved the condemnation. You simply can't make threats against public officials.

      Hate speech against Obama is a totally different thing. People who threatened his life were investigated just like Griffin. But plenty of others folks made jokes without implying they wanted him murdered.

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  • Trollfather
    Alex Jones did not lie about Sandy Hook. Your info is misplaced.

    You might wanna focus about what the big picture he's talking about, such as the New World Order and taking over of society, instead of spamming about Sandy Hook all day.

    Even Facebook CEO says we should not censor alternative media. And you bet your ass they're trying to take Alex off the air because he's a pain in the globalists' side.
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  • AD240pCharlie
    The problem that I have with the whole concept of "hate speech" is that it's all up to interpretation, to the point where even pointing out facts and data (*caugh*google*caugh*) might get you fired because the company is afraid of being called sexist by a minority of loud and sensitive snowflakes with huge influence.
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    • Well, you can try to figure out how to stop companies from having the right to hire/fire. You won't succeed. That right is upheld by the Supreme Court. And you can get fired for much, much less. For instance, if you the company is engaged in trying to win business from a firm headed up by a Jewish man, and you are a person who expresses doubt that the holocaust took place, that company can fire you without hesitation. Because they can simply state that your views are in the way of their capitalistic right to make a profit.

      Or if a firm is headed up by a woman, a Latino, it does not matter. Because companies reserve the right to do whatever they deem necessary, under the law, to turn a profit. And if you can't figure out how to represent your company in the best possible light, you do not deserve a job. Your freedom of speech is undisturbed because you can say whatever you wish. But your freedom of speech does not "trump" the firm's freedom to decide to fire you.

  • Guanfei
    The only consequence I'd accept againt freedom of speech is people thinking you're a moron.
    The rest is too much. Words don't kill, and if you consider being offensive as a crime, we're going to have to put a lot of people in prison. Including those who are offending people by saying that they're offended.
    It will be a "being offended" context, where the biggest crybaby will win.
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    • 3rdSrike

      you're french right? i dare you to walk up to a morrocan immigrant at the corner of the street and tell him "go back from where you came from you ugly f*Ck" i guarantee you that within a couple mins he and his friends will gang up on you and cause you some serious harm.

      its easy being tough when there is no one to actually make you pay for what you say but when you're facing someone nuts you better watch your word.

    • Guanfei

      @3rdSrike And I wouldn't be in the wrong. Thugs beating you up for something you said doesn't make them right. That would just make them nothing more than a pack of wild animals.

    • 3rdSrike

      wild animals or not that makes no difference neither does being right the end result is you will get your asz handed to you and probably seriously injured because you chose to confront someone out of your league... i dont go around talking sh*t to people i know i have no way of dealing with, we all wanna play tough but in reality normal everyday people like most of us can't measure up to thugs, gangsters or government officials or anyone related to them, so attempting to challenge such people head on is a very bad idea.

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  • NineBreaker
    I agree! Very well-said. Many confuse freedom of speech with the consequence thereof.

    I'm going to use this as an example:
    Let's say, you have the right to lick every doorknob or door handle you come across (at least as long as you disinfect it afterwards). You are free to do so. You're not free of the consequences of doing so. You will get sick, and if your immune system is shot, then you may likely die.
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  • monkeynutts
    As my Uncle would always say America is the only mental asylum with out a fence around it, that picture of the severed head, it's very disgusting.
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    • Yep and with the exception of all that bs of being on no-fly lists, she deserved what she got. To her credit, she took back her apology and is fighting back But her initial reaction was pitiful. I simply could not feel sorry for her.

  • jellyroo
    Let's separate free speech from genuine hate speech. Many people seem to be confused about the difference, or ignorant to it.

    Exercising free speech shouldn't mean fearing for your life, in my opinion.
    Exercising hate speech - yes, at that point you should be prepared of the level of backlash you might get, not to mention that in some countries it's illegal.

    But again, people tend to mix up these different types of speech.

    Free speech that isn't actively trying to harm people or incite violence towards them, should NOT lead to physical violence and complete silencing from opposing voices. That's just barbaric, and so counter-productive. It increases the divide, instead of decreasing it.
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    • But we all have different opinions on what is hate speech. That's why in America there isn't any legislation. It is left up to individual organizations, companies, people etc. to decide that for themselves. And we do not even have to go that far. If you work for a firm in America that firm can set guidelines for appropriate conduct for their employees.

    • jellyroo

      Yeah, I didn't really put America into the equation - I wasn't aware they don't have any legislation on speech at all.

      That said, I don't think expressing an opinion that doesn't incite harm towards other makes it okay to threaten, physically assault, or take away someone's job. Of course it can happen, but I don't think it should be seen as an acceptable consequence.

      I believe in the notion that disproving someone should be done logically, not with violence or other harm towards a person.

    • Oh, we have legislation. We simply do not legislate hate speech.

      As for expressing an opinion, again, in America it is against the law to threaten or physically assault someone. So logically, that is not an acceptable consequence.

      As for a person being reprimanded or losing their job, we are a capitalistic society. That is why those decisions are left up to the organization. If I work for a firm and I express views that my company deems harmful to their image, I can lose my job. If I conduct myself outside of work in a way that draws unwanted negative attention, I could be fired. The government cannot protect a person from poor decision making.

  • Browneye57
    You sound like a lib-tard. LOL
    Progressivism is a mental illness.
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    • You sound like you put some glue in a joint, sprinkled cocaine on top, dipped it in liquid tide and smoked it.

    • Browneye57

      Yeah dude!!

      Now you're simply proving how unhinged and deranged the progressive left is. You and your ilk are mental midgets.

    • Nah, I am not proving anything other than I can easily outclass a fake "so-called" conservative troll.

      There is nothing "conservative" about you or your views. Cowardice is not a "conservative" trait.

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  • name_is_christian
    It's sad that many have forgotten why the first Bill of rights mattered so much in the early years of America. Free Speech allowed citizens to speak freely of their minds while the British law did not allow that. While we may have the freedom of speech, it does not mean that there will be no consequences.
  • Trolldad
    This is all part of NWO agenda to divide us and get us fighting with each other. Look up David Icke and Alex Jones on YouTube.

    Infowars. com
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    • Yeah, because they don't want to divide us. They just want to convince us of the invasion by the lizard aliens from Planet Mongo!

    • You know you are absolutely nuts when you are so embarrassed about your belief system, you don't even talk about it. You simply post videos and want people to sit through two hours of a "presentation".


    • Trolldad

      First off, I don't believe in alien lizard men. That doesn't mean they aren't out there. Second, you have proven you are very stupid and closed-minded. Have fun drinking and eating GMO, slave.

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  • HereIbe
    As far as liberals are concerned, I'm a raging, howling, ultra-ultra-ultra-mega-extreme right-winger.

    Everything you wrote is 100% correct.
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    • Liberals hate anyone who disagrees about them on anything. That is why Trump will win in 2020.

    • I don't get it. You can have compromise and understanding.

      But that requires you to mimic my actions when I take a step to you. You have to take a step to me.

      And I am tired of this. I am tired of you being able to be hurt and being able to stomp off and go in your own direction to live in your echo chamber. But you think that is fine.

      And somehow when I do it, I am wrong.

      I am here and willing to talk to anyone with different views and try to work out an understanding. But if anyone is going to hurl insults at me, they had better able to handle what they dish out.

      I don't understand what is so difficult to comprehend about that. These conversations are difficult. And they should be!

      We have to accept that challenge and get it done!

  • Benedek38
    Freedom of speech should be absolute as long as nobody gets harmed as a direct consequence of it. There, I said it in short.

    Threatening? Not right.
    Slander? Not right.
    Provocation and call for violence? Not right.

    The only area I can think of that I think should be protected by freedom of speech is calling for a boycott. Sure, it inflicts financial harm on a company or person, but that's just basic market strategy. However, if you lie about someone to ruin their lives - this is covered by slander -, you shouldn't be protected.
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  • Kiran04
    "Consequences" is how bigots justify their petty actions. You are responsible for how you handle someone else's words. If you turn violent or bigoted because you don't like what someone else says, that is not "consequences". That is you being a violent bigot. You are always responsible for your own actions. If someone says something people don't like and those people riot, those people are all assholes that deserve to be in jail. They chose to commit a crime. Words are not justification. 100% incorrect.
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    • Bigoted? What does that even mean? If I am "bigoted" then I deserve whatever consequence comes from that. I won't whine about it. As for being violent, I know how to follow the law here in America. And I have never been thrown in jail.

      This the whole strawman argument that someone mentioned earlier. Nothing you posted here has anything to do with my take.

      You build a strawman about violence "consequences" something that I absolutely abhor. And you deliberate mutate my point into something you can rebut favorably.

      Come back when you the courage to address my points directly regarding your freedom of speech. You are not free from consequences of racist, sexist, homophobic, threatening statements.

      And that is as it should be.

    • Kiran04

      There is no "deserving". Who gets to determine who "deserves" anything? You? You are the one with the strawman here, because you infer that people deserve something based on what they say. Well, that's untrue. There's a reason we live by rule of law instead of rule of the mob. What you call "consequences" is a lame copout for mob justice. If someone has committed a crime, they only thing they "deserve" is what is written in law. If they have not committed a crime they don't deserve anything one way or the other. Stop justifying people's need to be vindictive. Our first instinct at hearing words we don't like should not be "I want to hurt that person somehow".

    • No, you built the strawman. You want to avoid criticism for having offensive views. And this is an absolute fact. You don't have to hold offensive views to offend people. People get upset over all manner of statements or deeds. Kathy Griffin DESERVED the scrutiny she got when she posed with a severed head. Alex Jones DESERVED the lawsuit for claiming Sandy Hook was a fake.

      To defend these people from lawsuits and investigations defies basic logic.

      No one is saying people should get violent with them.

      Again, you made that up. That is a strawman.

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  • larswisner
    Doesn't mean you take consequences into your own hands...
    • What do you mean by that?

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      antifa, for example, is not supposed to be beating up people who they believe are spreading "hate speech" but are doing so anyways. Many people are doing this

    • What does this mean in the context of my "take"? You understand that people have freedom of speech, but they are not free from consequences that result in the loss of their job, people disliking them, protesters outside their place of business, etc.

      No one said anything about beating someone up.

  • soyboy999
    I like this Take.
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  • RationalMale
    The problem is freedom of speech is dead, if it ever was there. Officially freedom of speech means the government can't punish you for speech--but in reality social media mobs can just as easily deprive you of your freedom of speech.

    Look at that CEO of Mozilla who, it was found out, had donated to Proposition 8 in California. (which passed a democratic vote by the people.) He was basically scalped by the Social Justice Warriors.

    Social media mobs being able to ruin your career for an unpopular opinion is literally no different than the KKK beating up blacks who voted in elections.
    • That is a weird statement. The government cannot control a free and open society. That's the whole point. The only time the government can get involved is when your rights are being violated. And it surely cannot violate someone else's rights in that process.

      It is weird that you are complaining about the CEO of Mozilla being scalped. Shouldnt' he had consulted marketing data to check on the politics of the people who use his browser?

      He had it right in front of him.

      And don't be obtuse. The KKK lynched "Black" people, Mary Turner was burned alive with her unborn baby. Do not compare these two. People can get another job. They can't get another life.

    • Wooooah!!! Dude, you had me blocked. Why unblock me?

    • Lynching? Okay.
      "From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black. "

      According to the FBI, in 2013 alone, 2245 blacks were murdered by other blacks. Similar for 2014.

      Meaning, the number of blacks who were lynched in the USA during that 86 years is lower than the amount of blacks murdered by other blacks in 2013-2014.

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  • StrawberryMan
    All speech should be free. Why? Because once you start to ban certain speech under the smoke screen of "hate speech," you open up a big can of worms, because "hate speech" can be very broad and is open to different interpretations. Over here in the UK you can be fined up to £5,000 or face jail time just for saying something offensive on facebook or twitter. Hate speech is basically, "You can say what you like, as long as you don't say anything that offends ME." And besides, I believe we were created by God. Who the fuck has the right to tell me what I can and can't say? Why do people give their rights away so easily? I'll say whatever the fuck I want.
    • Uhm. . . hate speech is not banned in America. Can't do anything about Europe dude. I encourage you to lead a free speech movement over there.
      Good luck.

      My take is about consequences of speaking freely. Some people in America actually think everyone should like what they have to say.

  • Anon-ymous1
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  • LegateLanius
    Well written
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  • zivvk
    g00d take
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    Thank you, finally someone said it.
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  • Travis_Skyles
    I absolutely could not agree more. Good job!
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  • JustWorthlessMe
    AMEN!! Well said!!
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  • abundantlyrich
    They've definitely gone potty mouthed
  • TheUglyMan
    Well said
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