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originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
Sure, we can expect the superstitious and the dogmatic to choose violence and coercion over allowing others to speak. But my point from the beginning is there are no consequences to free speech, and that those who believe and defend the principle should demand freedom from consequences.
I've 'kinda' followed this thread, but I don't understand how you can say there is no consequences to free speech. I'm sure this has been covered but, if you say something and it angers somebody to the point of physical retaliation then that would be the consequences of exercising your free speech at that time.
I totally understand and agree that the reaction of the person is on them, but that doesn't lessen the fact that their reaction is a consequence of you exercising your free speech, and there are laws on assault and such that deal with that reaction.
originally posted by: imwilliam
I find myself going back and forth here. The extremes are relatively easy, it's when I back away from the extremes that the water gets muddier for me. You don't think people should be murdered for what they say, easy enough
But what about someone that boycotts a business because the ownership of the business takes a position on/speaks on some issue that the boycotter disagrees with? Obviously you're not saying it is or should be illegal to boycott, but are you saying it shouldn't be done, and if not, based on what? Are you saying the boycotter in this case should refrain from boycotting because of the potential damage it could do to the exercise of free speech?
originally posted by: LockNLoad
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
I agree, but right know in this time the human condition for a lot of people is to lash out at words that they don't like.
That can not (or should not) be ignored.
(shrug) maybe some day people will grow beyond that.