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What are the limits on free speech?

  1. smurfz profile image44
    smurfzposted 7 years ago

    What are the limits on free speech?

  2. Alternative Prime profile image76
    Alternative Primeposted 7 years ago

    The typical scenario used in many law books to describe a freedom of speech abuse is the following -

    "You can't yell fire in a movie theatre"

    - Unless of course  there's a real fire happening. If you use this example as a guide then much of it becomes a matter of common sense.

  3. simeonvisser profile image84
    simeonvisserposted 7 years ago

    It is not an easy question though because does the freedom of speech also include the freedom to offend? Many times it is necessary to be critical of others or their behaviour and that might offend a lot of people. However many people are offended by many things so you are bound to offend someone when you use your freedom of speech...

  4. Wayne Brown profile image84
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    Free speech is a right of the American citizen under the Constitution. All rights and liberties come with responsibility and accountability.  The right was reserved for us so that our voices might be heard and not silenced by a majority on any issue.  The intent was not to provide an environment for attacks on people or an avenue for slander and the telling of lies.  We must be mature enough and responsible enough to hold ourselves accountable when we speak out.  We must attempt to base our words on facts knowing that even though something is technicially true, maybe it should not be repeated publicly when judgement is applied.  Eventually those who abuse the right of free speech are no longer heard...that is their penalty for their lack of accountability...they no longer have any credibility in what the say or what they stand for. That value of credibility should be at the forefront of our mind before we engage our tongue in public forums.  This is the most logical and the best control mechanism because it eventually works. Trying to set laws governing speech and free speech is simply a slow trip down the road to a dictatorial society. WB