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Where can you really speak your mind?

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posted on Aug, 3 2008 @ 11:29 PM
Is there a site where thats possible? Im getting a little weary of the political correctness (says who?" religious and political agenda (according to who?")

I moved to America 20 plus years ago, cause I beleived in the land of the free!

I come from a socialist country and have seen the downsides, not to say that I still dont see those very things right here in Los Angeles, CA.

Where did it all go wrong?

Enlighten me please.....

Im curious.

posted on Aug, 3 2008 @ 11:38 PM
reply to post by StefanO

People are only as free as they act. In all forms of government, freedoms are limited to various extents -- some moreso than others.

But the vast majority of people self-limit their freedoms even more than the law requires. For example, the 'political correctness' you mention, with regard to freedom of choosing how to express yourself. Such self-limitation is not always a bad thing -- creating societal norms ('polite behaviour') helps people reliably interact with and trust one another.

And choice can always be discouraged in society, but the freedom is still there, should one choose to express it. You may have to assert yourself, and stand up to bullies who would expect different behaviour from you, but that's not illegal.

So, perhaps instead of asking 'Where can you really speak your mind?", you should ask "Where would you really speak your mind?"

posted on Aug, 3 2008 @ 11:42 PM

Originally posted by Ian McLean
reply to post by StefanO

"Where would you really speak your mind?"

I'd like to think anywhere...

posted on Aug, 4 2008 @ 12:35 AM
who says you can't speak your mind?
keep speaking your mind no matter what man..
some people need to see more people thinking for themselves and speaking their minds in order to get them out of their box.
I make it a point to always say what needs to be said, unless it is better to keep quiet, depending on the circumstances.

posted on Aug, 16 2008 @ 07:24 AM
By all means share whats on your mind. No one will actually stop you from doing so. Worst case scenario is you'll look really ignorant and be ridiculed
But I mean nothing "bad" will happen, you won't get arrested or stoned to death (in most cases).

Maybe what you're looking for, rather than a location, is a group of like minded people who share your opinions. To find them, you're going to have to speak up and get noticed or else good luck in your search.

posted on Aug, 16 2008 @ 01:51 PM
reply to post by StefanO

The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.

How are you defining "speaking your mind"? There are certain rules that society imposes on "free" speech/writing. You can't defame someones character without consequence. Nor can you walk into a crowd and scream "fire". Things of that sort...are certainly not allowed.

But to a point, most speech is allowed somewhere. For example: ATS allows a very large degree of free speech (contrary to some who think otherwise might opine.) within a set of rules that are, in reality, rather loose. Other places have other rules. But overall, freedom of speech, or expression, are as alive now, as they've ever been...

But it does matter how define "speaking your mind". Just my quarters worth.

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.

posted on Aug, 16 2008 @ 01:55 PM
You can say anything you like here for the most part. Just be polite. If one uses a soft tone for those "extra sensitive topics" and the right words, the message gets across just fine.

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