Freedom of expression is believed to be an advancement of democracy and
liberty of human progress. However, some may argue that at times, it is abused
or simply taken too far. Recently British journalists, author and politically
alt-right associate Milo Yiannopoulos is causing a stir. His recent private
speech seminars in Australia have caused an abrupt response from both supporters
and protestors. Milo is well known for using his platform to advocate racist
abuse, anti-homosexuality (despite Milo being openly gay himself), free speech
warrior and sexist provocateur. Let us Know LiveTriber’s, is this a case
of abusing the right of freedom of speech?
Posted by on 06 Dec 2017
Use free speech until it starts getting racist but say what you want if it
brings out the wrong in someone or want to prove something
Well said in all posts, especially Karel. Freedom of speech means exactly that -
freedom to speak your mind. 'Abuse' of freedom of speech is nearly always
someone spouting bullshit for profit or power. It's our job to recognise it for
what it is and - as Vegandelight so eloquently states - starve it of oxygen.
Freedom of speech must be absolute and cannot be abused. However, every freedom
or liberty must go hand in hand with responsibility. Personal responsibility! If
somebody causes damage by use of some own freedom or liberty, then must be
personally responsible for adequate compensation. Remember Ronald Reagan saying:
"Every human right ends at that point, where somebody else's human right gains
the same value." Governments limiting or controlling freedoms and liberties lead
to hell. I lived in hell for long (over 40 years behind barb-wire fences). I
know Nazis from first hand testimonies and communists and "democratic"
inquisition from own experience. Their danger isn't in their abuse of freedom of
speech by preaching bullshit. Mein kampf or Communist manifesto or Quran or
Bible or whatever must be publicly available right for the purpose to allow
everybody to read and recognise lies in it. The danger in ideological (religion
is a form of ideology and vice versa) IS NOT in preaching nonsense, but in
imposition of totality and limiting freedom of speech of others. Silencing
others is totality. Let Milo speak out, but if he causes damage to anybody, take
him responsible for compensation. Freedoms and liberties must not be
"controlled". We must impose JUSTICE and fight for our freedoms (even with guns
if necessary). Take false preachers RESPONSIBLE for damage they cause
I really feel freedom of speech in Australia is being abused by minorities, and
that our politicians are allowing this to happen. Sharia law is one in
particular that is getting out of hand. I feel a lot of broadcasting isn't being
monitored. I have to agree with the post by NMK27.
Freedom of speech is often abused, like milo does. The ones who cry their free
speech is being removed are usually the ones who its hate speeches they want to
dish out again milo a prime example.
Hell the guy has a video where he defends pedofiles
Freedom of speech should be protected unless it is hate speech or libel.
Offensive, rude, aggressive, sick, ignorant, opinion etc have there place and
that doesn't mean a blanket right to air in mainstream society.
Public broadcasting rules should still apply so people don't have to see/read
things they don't want to.
Laws cover discrimination etc
FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT NOT FREEDOM FROM RESPONSIBILITY OF WHAT YOU SAY
Take a closer look... an openly gay person speaking against homosexuality means
they are PAID to do this!!! The topics & positions he takes on them are ALL in
common with those of the Money Power & those who (think they) control us. This
guy is here to force us into restricting freedom of speech, freedom of
association & many other freedoms we now seem to take for granted. If we had a
say, this individual should have had his paymasters investigated & be refused
entry here. However, this sort of thing has happened too often before & the best
thing to do is ignore it & not act on it. Deprive it of oxygen or 'air time' &
it'll die off.
"is this a case of abusing the right of freedom of speech?"
Yes. Freedom of speech does not give anybody the right to discriminate and/or
tell lies based on racism, bigotry or just plain nastiness. And what most
spiteful people forget or choose to ignore is the right of everybody else to
reply. Freedom of speech is not a one way street.