Free Speech and Hate Speech





““If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”    -JS Mill

“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”  -Justice Wm H Brennan.

5 thoughts on “Free Speech and Hate Speech”

  1. Yet again the journalists keep hot what would otherwise, and deservedly be quickly yesterday’s news. It bears mentioning that those state flags incorporating the Confederate Battle Flag did so in the 60’s and not starting from the end of the Civil War. The Battle Flag is merely a symbol with different meanings to different people. The appropriate flag would be the true Stars and Bars Confederate Flag for heritage purposes and not the Battle Flag. Just one man’s thoughts.

    1. And aint this a kick in the nads…all those states which incorporated the CBF in the 60’s were run by Democrats, the very same party which is so vociferously clamoring for it’s banning.

  2. Chief Justice William Howard Taft once said ” We must afoord the greatest protection to the speech we find most offensive, for if that is banned, when will our speech follow?” I am a strict Taftian on the matter of free speech.

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