Free speech is NOT universal and it is NOT free, it comes with conditions! And we are not talking about the old adage of screaming fire in a crowded theatre. What we are talking about is your opinions of what you think about the specific people in that theatre, or perhaps the ownership of the theatre. Your opinions, as expressive and free as you think they are have limitations. If you cross that line YOU will be singled out for HATE SPEECH and for your evil ways and thoughts. Is that fair?
There are those amongst us who believe that ‘FREE SPEECH’ should have some quotation marks around the words. And then there are those who say ‘Get out of my face, I’ll say what I want to say’. In other words you don’t have to like or even listen to what I am saying – but I damn well have the right to say it.
(For the first time – we have BONUS FOOTAGE – there was simply too much excellent content not to air it all and so we have an additional almost 20 minutes of show for you to draw your own conclusions on what constitutes FREE SPEECH and HATE SPEECH.)
Is hate speech really just a way for ‘certain folks’ to control free speech? Where do you draw the line between hate speech and free speech? Has the accusation of hate speech been used just to criminalize a person’s opponents? Co-hosts Iben Thranholm, Helene Philipsen and Ava Armstrong join Malcolm for a most spirited debate on the boundaries (or NOT) of FREE SPEECH.
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