Freedom of Speech

Free speech, tolerance, and security: Where’s the balance?

By |February 8th, 2015|

Free speech is often hailed among the most significant of our fundamental freedoms. In the Western world in particular, freedom of speech and press has allowed for a range of voices, including voices of dissent that seem to indicate that our democracy is in a sense working. However, free speech is not completely free. There are limits and curbs based on what may be of greater importance in various contexts – such as if the speech might endanger others. That is why we can’t yell “fire” in a theater as a joke – the potential chaos and harm it raises in that context outweighs some one’s freedom to say what they want. […]

Torturing First Amendment poor solution to campaign finance problems

By |May 11th, 2014|

For the record, I’m in favor of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, with the usual and, I should think, reasonable exceptions (the clichéd but relevant prohibition against yelling “fire” in a school or crowded theater or showing pornography in either venue, for example). […]