Do you really believe in Freedom of speech?

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There are some things that you can only do 100% like being a virgin or being pregnant. It is not possible to be 30% a virgin or 60% pregnant, you either are or you aren’t. It is the same with free speech as you must defend the rights of others to say things that you don’t like and to have views that you disagree with no matter how horrible. As Whaleoil reader Hans said in the above comment it is better to debate bad ideas and to challenge horrible views rather than to silence them.

Milo Yiannopoulos is an excellent example of what happens when you try to silence someone. Despite losing his job, despite violent riots and activists shouting him down wherever he speaks, despite his book publisher dropping him, despite the restaurant where he booked his book launch backing out, his book’s pre-orders have already reached $65,000 USD.

Milo is a genuine Free Speech activist as he has always said that he wants to debate his opponents’ ideas not silence them. The problem is that there are now people on the right who claim that they defend Free Speech but when push comes to shove they act no differently to the Lefties that oppose them.

A recent Free Speech Rally had a number of speakers involved leave and hold a competing rally because they disagreed with the views of controversial speaker Richard Spencer who had also been invited. Politically incorrect truth teller Lauren Southern has labelled these people the Alt-Lite as their commitment to free speech is only skin deep.

 

If we truly believe in Freedom of Speech then we must be prepared to allow people we disagree with to have their say. Our job is to challenge their ideas and to debate them. If you say ” I believe in Free Speech but…” then you do not believe in Free Speech.

 


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