“We have freedom of speech, but you got to watch what you say.”
— Tracy Morgan
Most would unthinkingly, immediately agree.
But it’s dead WRONG.
Freedom of speech means precisely the opposite: NOT having to watch what you say.
It may be true that you must watch what you say IF you wish certain people to regard you in a certain way. If you desperately care about what everyone thinks of you, then it’s best to keep your mouth shut. If you care more about certain principles or ideas than about “other people,” then you speak accordingly.
But if you actually enjoy freedom of speech, you don’t have to worry about what you say — not for any other reason.
And that’s precisely what we no longer have in this country. Not on the Internet, not on social media, not in government-run schools nor in government-funded universities. Not in the government-run corporate fascist world.
Freedom of speech is dead.
Long live freedom of speech — the next time human beings attempt an experiment in a rights-based society.
Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason