Tagged: free speech

Abusing “Free Speech”

Abusing “Free Speech”

  Freedom of speech is one of America’s most hallowed traditions, but it is becoming a dangerous one. Like any freedom, it must have limits. We are not free to do any number of...

Dumb? Diabolical? Or Both?

Dumb? Diabolical? Or Both?

The dangerous practices of right-wing media have never been more apparent than in their misrepresentation of the Congressional Budget Office report on the effect the Affordable Care Act is likely to have on America’s...

Taking “Free Speech” to a Dangerous Extreme

Taking “Free Speech” to a Dangerous Extreme

In Canada, a citizen’s right to free speech does not include inciting harm to others or describing them in hateful terms. The Criminal Code prohibits “hate propaganda.” And the Canadian Human Rights Act forbids...

Exposing the Myth of “Free Speech” in America

Exposing the Myth of “Free Speech” in America

You hear a lot of blather about the constitutional right to free speech in America, and it’s true that those crazies who utter threatening and seditious remarks against the country’s first black president would...

The End of American Democracy – as Some Pundits See it

The End of American Democracy – as Some Pundits See it

The U.S. Supreme Court shocked media pundits this week when a majority of the justices decided it is unconstitutional to limit the amount of money corporations can spend to get politicians elected. MSNBC’s Keith...

Rush, Bachmann and Beck, and the Fatal Folly of Free Speech

Rush, Bachmann and Beck, and the Fatal Folly of Free Speech

There’s a Jamaican saying that “words are wind,” but that’s not always true. Sometimes words have consequences. And sometimes the consequences can be fatal. The thought came to mind today as I read an...

Banned in Britain: The Prickly Issue of Free Speech

Banned in Britain: The Prickly Issue of Free Speech

When I first visited Britain 58 years ago (thanks to a World Youth Forum scholarship), I was amazed at the orators in Hyde Park. They ranted and raved at will, denouncing all kinds of...