Guys, what is your opinion on free speech? Should It have any limit? If it should, why and which limits?
As a voluntarist/libertarian, I'm a radical pro free speech, and my case for this is the fact that offense or honor are always subject to culture, individual considerations, personality or anything but objective factors. A just law should be 100% objective, because that's the only way individuals are really treated equally under the law. Subjective laws are always biased, and thus unjust in its nature. But feel free to disagree with me in the comments below, I'm glad to debate over this topic .
Justice Benjamin Cardozo of the U.S. Supreme Court put it well when he stated that freedom of speech “is the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom.” It’s a constitutional guarantee under the 1st and 14th Amendment intertwined with all our other rights under the U.S. Constitution giving people the right to speak and do things with limited legal restrictions placed on them from the state or federal government, so why would we want to limit it any more than it already is (i.e. obscenity, child porn, speech that incites crime&hellip? I believe we really have to be careful what rights (no matter which one it is) we allow the government to limit, and it should never be done as a knee jerk reaction to current events, because as they say: “once you give it up you can never get it back.”
Free speech does have limits. Libel (written), slander, incitement to violence, incitement to riot, conspiracy to commit a crime, fraud (both written and spoken), defamation of character (both written and spoken), perjury...
I might have missed a couple.
Neither libel nor slander are subjective - A lie is a lie, and many people depend upon their reputations. Harming another by lying about them is more than just hurt feelings.
Incitement to violence or riot - not subjective, not about individual considerations...
Conspiracy to commit a crime. I suppose that doesn't matter too much if the crime is never carried out.
Committing fraud is not subjective. Again, a lie is a lie. Lying to get someone's money or property is an objective offence, not personality or whatever.
Defamation - see libel and slander.
Perjury is lying under oath or to police...
This is kind of dumb. There's no debate to be had here.