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Should We Be Able To Say What We Like Bar Inciting Violence?
We should be able to say what we like as long as we're not inciting violence.
Open discussion is generally a good way to avoid violence.
Regulating speech requires that someone else decides upon and implements rules for appropriate speech. There is no one perfect enough to make the right decisions about what is right and wrong to say all the time, let alone the government.
Everyone has the right to hear as many different view points as they would like. If one person's speech is silenced, then all other people lose the opportunity to hear that person.
Thought and speech are intertwined. Limiting a person's vocabulary is one and the same as limiting their thoughts.
Libel doesn't incite violence but can be extremely harmful to an individual's reputation.
This would presumably encompass all lying, which inhibits the amount of trust that friends and lovers can build.
At present our society is not responsible enough when it comes to debate to be trusted with the ability to speak freely.
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