On the Vital Necessity of Free Speech

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The Montreal Press Club marked the occasion of its 70th anniversary in 2018 by initiating a “Freedom Award” to mark the accomplishments of a single exceptionally courageous individual in the world of journalism. They chose as their first recipient Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (https://www.raifbadawi.org/), who has been tortured and imprisoned for his views by the oh-so-enlightened rulers of that state. Jordan Peterson delivered this lecture on free speech on the occasion of the acceptance of the Press Club award by Raif Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, April 26/2018
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  • Posted by term2 1 week, 2 days ago
    Free speech, including elimination of political correctness, is indeed the cornerstone of our freedoms. In addition, being able to vote without anyone finding out HOW you voted is equally important.
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  • Posted by chad 1 week, 2 days ago
    It is important that free speech is allowed to ensure freedom and it is probably the least important right to have. If you have the right to complain while you are being hanged for complaining the right to speech doesn't mean much. It is the right to act that is the most important right and displays freedom. The congress passed a 'law' that compels everyone to spend their property (money) on healthcare that they cannot choose. With free speech the populace has been able to point out that the law is unconstitutional, impractical, unaffordable, the claim that they could choose their own doctors was a lie and many more problems with the act. Complaining about it, threatening to vote someone out of office, putting in a new president who promised on the campaign trail he would get rid of it (then admitted on 60 minutes that he wouldn't get rid of it and liked many parts of it) means the populace is still subjugated to the violence that will be used to enforce it. Having the right to free speech has meant nothing as far as changing any of the movement of collectivism.
    Begging for permission from those who are the slavers to allow the slaves to be free means nothing to the masters or the slaves because nothing changes. The slave masters will allow free speech for it identifies those with whom they have a problem with ruling and allows them to modify the propaganda to keep the slaves convinced that being a slave is a wonderful thing because their security is provided for and the promise that someone else will be plundered to provide for their wants.
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    • Posted by Kittyhawk 1 week, 2 days ago
      I think you're correct that free speech alone will not solve our social problems. However, if we were commonly subject to punishment (jailing, fines, execution) merely for voicing opinions critical of the rulers, I think it would make social change even harder to enact.
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    • Posted by lrshultis 6 days, 3 hours ago
      Do you really believe that being permitted free speech is the same as free speech?
      The government has no say with regard to free speech. It is a human right, not a privilege granted by government. It applies only to speech against the government. In private situations on or in private property there is only permission from the property owner for speaking as though freely. Say something unacceptable to the owner while on his property can get one ejected from the property.
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      • Posted by chad 6 days ago
        If you have to have permission to have free speech then you don't have free speech. Same with any right. A moral government protects you in your rights, an immoral one makes you ask permission.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 1 week, 4 days ago
    Free Speech 'is' the bedrock of a free society.

    Postmodernist must be turning over in their future graves...Good I say. One does not know they are f**ked up until someone tells them so.

    Thank you, Freedom.
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  • Posted by  $  Solver 1 week, 5 days ago
    That was quite a speech. Very passionate and complex, using a lot of big words.

    In summary, and simplified, those who deny free speech are responsible for a lot more death and destruction than those who respect free speech. So be ever on guard, else hell on earth is possible.
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  • Posted by preimert1 1 week, 2 days ago
    I wrote a letter to Hillsdale College suggesting they offer an on-line course on the role of the press in a free society starting with pamphleteers and the Federalist Papers (as originally published in contemporary news papers) to the present times with outspoken bloggers and the consolidation of mainstream media under control of a few powerful moguls. (so far, no response)
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