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Thread: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    Before we go any further, can we please get the fire in a crowded theater analogy RIGHT?

    It's "shouting fire in a CROWDED theater when THERE IS NO fire" *

    *Of course, seeing smoke pour out, you see no fire, but would have reason to believe one may be going on

    Very very important distinction.

    The overwhelming majority of people, except apparently, you, don't specify because it's assumed that most people don't go around screaming FIRE in empty theaters.
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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    But it isn't just speech that can logically harm people such as a panic caused by shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater. (I don't recall anybody ever being prosecuted for doing this, however, whether or not there was a fire.) But libel and slander laws exist on the books in most states to prevent one person's speech from dishonestly and purposely damaging the reputation or livelihood of another person.

    Unfortunately, in an era in which American values have been diluted and twisted by routine politics of personal destruction, it is also an extremely rare thing that libel or slander laws are enforced.
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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    The overwhelming majority of people, except apparently, you, don't specify because it's assumed that most people don't go around screaming FIRE in empty theaters.
    Aye, but the "when there is no fire" is not only logically important, but actually part of the example itself [before the continual truncation]
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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by zstep18 View Post
    Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech? Why or why not? If there should be restrictions, what restrictions should there be?
    In the exercise of your rights you may not infringe upon the rights of others.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    No because if we put restrictions on freedom of speech then it ends to be free.


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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    No because if we put restrictions on freedom of speech then it ends to be free.
    Your free speech does not give you the right to use it in order to infringe on the rights of others. As such, its only logical that free speech does have self evident limitations.
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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Your free speech does not give you the right to use it in order to infringe on the rights of others. As such, its only logical that free speech does have self evident limitations.
    As long as you are on public property you have the right to use your freedom of speech.


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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    As long as you are on public property you have the right to use your freedom of speech.
    Which still doesn't give you the right to slander people, no matter where you're standing.

    Try again.
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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Which still doesn't give you the right to slander people, no matter where you're standing.

    Try again.
    Slander? Who said anything about slander? Im simply stating that the most idiotic amongst us such as Westboro, the KKK, and Nazis all have the right to speek in public to the masses.


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    Re: Should there be any restrictions to the freedom of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Which still doesn't give you the right to slander people, no matter where you're standing.

    Try again.
    Well it has to have a result, yes? If I slander someone and because of that he loses business or property or something of the sorts, than that's illegal.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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