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Freedom of speech

See also Censorship section

Article 10 - Human rights

Everyone has the right of freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without inference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

Not to finance your opponent

The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right not to agree, not to listen and NOT TO FINANCE ONES OWN ANTAGONISTS.

   --  Ayn Rand

John Mills on freedom of speech

Quote 851

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.

   --  John Stuart Mill

Forbidden histories


But it is also recognised, except by the most fundamentalist of libertarians, that the exercise of free speech carries with it certain responsibilities. That old maxim about not crying “fire!” in a crowded cinema, when there is no fire is an obvious example of a responsible constraint.

Freedom of speech allows us to defend all other liberties.

"Freedom of expression includes conversational positions"
  -- Ron Paul

Right to Silence
Right to free speech
You cannot constrain or qualify freedom; if you do, it stops being freedom

"the solution for bad speech, hate speech, junk speech, garbage speech is more speech or ignoring, not censorship"
  -- Ron Paul

"We don't have freedom of speech to talk about the weather. We have the first amendment to say very controversial things."
- Ron Paul

Limitations to Free speech
Quote 856

No one pretends that actions should be as free as opinions. On the contrary, even opinions lose their immunity, when the circumstances in which they are expressed are such as to constitute their expression a positive instigation to some mischievous act.

   --  John Stuart Mill

Although differing preferences and opinions can give rise to conflicting actions we need not control preferences and opinions themselves to handle the problem of conflicting action.

   --  Randy Barnett


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