Ryan McAvoy said:
Evelyn Beatrice Hall said:
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Edmund Burke said:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Perhaps that is what they thought just before they turned the hoses on MLK.
Perhaps they did think that but they were idiots then. MILK =/= Nazis. Nobody thinks that (except the Nazis). You don’t think that. Also to put it as simply as possible… Good people fighting back against bad violent people for a very good reason =/= Good non-violent people being attacked by the state for a very bad reason (That sounded like a Trump sentence. Sad).
There seems to be a widespread misunderstanding of what freedom of speech is. e.g. If you say something inflammatory and the state, or the courts ban you from saying it, or imprison you for saying it, you may be having your FOC denied. If you say something inflammatory and people just don’t like what you said and become inflamed, your FOC has not been denied… you’re just an arsehole 😉
An example of that would be if you said a guys wife was ugly and the state imprisoned you for saying it (probable FOC denial). Compared with you saying a guys wife was ugly and then that same guy punching you in the face. No denial of FOC but maybe you learned a lesson in politeness. Some people might deal with that situation differently…
Of course some countries have libel laws, to prevent FOC from allowing people to just lie and defame other people without consequence. So if somebody, for example, lied about your father being part of the plot to kill JFK, you could sue them for defamation of character. Some people might deal with that situation differently…