There are many reasons we already do limit speech and regulate it to some degree but here are 3 philosophical reasons to limit freedom of speech,

1) Because we all fall under the social contract. (No, it’s not a piece of paper. It means when you live amongst a society then it is necessary to relinquish certain freedoms in order to peacefully co-exist).Thank, Thomas Hobbs for that one.

2) Because hate speech is harmful and abusive, which should be rightfully limited by the government. (This goes into Mill’s no harm principle, that the only times a government can/ought exercise power is when it harms others).

3) Because it’s appeals to our civil liberties. (Lets remember in civics limiting rights is part and parcel of having civil rights because there are positive and negative rights. Yes, you have the freedom to things but also from things).

4) Because it is self correcting. (Limiting free speech within a Republic or Democracy

5) Limiting free speech doesn’t limit speech. (There’s an argument to be made that constraints lead to creativity.

his might be confusing to some of you but I’m in no way argument we should limit freedom of speech.

Explanation: Let’s not fall into a perfect solution fallacy. I’m not saying that limiting free-speech will solve everything but it will definitely deter people from using abusive speech to hurt others. Now I don’t care what you agree or disagree with but it’s how you say it. Even the most dense of people and my most argent detractors can spot the difference between the writings of St. Jerome vs the West Borough Baptist Church. The former is tolerable but the later should rightfully be suppressed.

Lets not fall into a slippery slope because this shouldn’t be equated to fascism. The beauty of a republic is that we are able to revisit old statues and amend them at any time. So if we were to limit freedom of speech nothing would be absolute. So even if we struggle to understand what is harmful and abusive speech we can always go back and revisit old statutes and discuss them in a ceremonious way.

There are several movements out there now that; although, I believe have many good intentions, have this false sense of moral righteousness but in reality it’s to protect their bigotry which they expect to be rewarded with impunity.

“If you can’t think clearly, think twice.”  – Robthemonk8

– Jubilee Nunnallee 6/11/2017


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