Is there a limit to freedom of speech?

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  1. alexandriaruthk profile image75
    alexandriaruthkposted 5 years ago

    Is there a limit to freedom of speech?

    Granting that we live in a society and what a person does can affect others. Should there really be freedom of speech, meaning you can say whatever you want to say. What is your opinion about this?

  2. Writer David profile image78
    Writer Davidposted 5 years ago

    There are limits to freedom of speech.  The age old example of yelling "fire" in a theater is but one.  When your speech infringes upon the rights of another, then that speech cannot be protected under the 1st Amendment.  Making slanderous comments about another person, without any proof, can set you up for a lawsuit. Freedom of speech isn't going to protect you there.  I would vastly prefer to live in a society where there is freedom of speech as opposed to a society such as the old Soviet Union where there was no such right.  We may not like what others say.  But, as long as their speech does not harm or infringe upon others rights, then they have the right to say it.

  3. SportsBetter profile image76
    SportsBetterposted 5 years ago

    Yes, you should be able to say whatever you want.  You might have good intentions restricting what someone can say, but it will cause more harm than good.

    People can say what they want, but they are held responsible for the consequences that come with it.   

    If you block out freedom of speech on one subject, then it will lead to blocking out freedom of speech for another. It will cascade, and eventually you won't be allowed to say anything at all.

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      supreme upbeatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We are only born free.But freedom of speech !  no , it is surely limited .No  woman or man has full permission to say as she or he wish in a civilized human  world speaking .

    2. SportsBetter profile image76
      SportsBetterposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What am I not allowed to say?

  4. xanzacow profile image73
    xanzacowposted 5 years ago

    Of course there are limitations. Otherwise we would not have to try so hard to be politically correct. I believe we should be able to say whatever we think while keeping in mind what Grammaw said about having something nice to say. We all have someone to which we can speak our minds. We do not have to broadcast it to all.

  5. Jonesy0311 profile image61
    Jonesy0311posted 5 years ago

    I am a firm believer in total freedom of speech, provided that it does not cause injury to another person...and I mean actual physical injury. There is no reason to limit free speech in a democratic society. If you do, you no longer live in a democratic republic.

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      supreme upbeatposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      'a firm believer in total freedom of speech',' it does not cause injury to another person' I am confused.

  6. lone77star profile image83
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    You should be free to say anything you want so long as it doesn't cause harm.

    Slander, and yelling "fire" or "bomb" in a crowded place, are two examples of harmful speech.

    But America has lost "freedom of speech." Soon, the Constitutional liberties will no longer exist. The Corporate Party is dismantling America and they're doing a deft job of keeping alive the illusion of normalcy and choice.

    HR 347 made it a felony to protest.

    If you say anything that could be interpreted as terrorist talk, you could be locked up indefinitely without access to an attorney, a trial or the outside world. This is not the America I grew up with.

    I'd much rather have my liberty and risk terrorists, than be "safe" under a tyranny.

  7. profile image0
    supreme upbeatposted 5 years ago

    We are only born free.But freedom of speech ! no , it is surely limited .No woman or man has full permission to say as she or he wish in a civilized human world speaking .

 
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