Sunday, April 16, 2017

Again: Limits To Free Speech On Campuses

In recent times there have been many in or about our university/colleges who maintain that some ill defined “hate speech”should not be allowed in academia. Some of those persons have even used such criminal mob actions as present “a clear and present danger of death or great bodily harm” to others.
The less offensive of those Fascists “shout down” speakers or misuse (Often cowardly) administrators to block any efforts to present them with “politically incorrect” ideas (And heaven fore-fend!) have them run-the-risk of thinking.

Then, what limits should or might be set on speech?
  1. That which the speaker (ie Not criminal respondents) presents the above-cited “clear and present danger” (eg Falsely crying out “FIRE!” in a crowded theater or lecture hall).
  2. That which interferes with the free speech rights of invited/authorized speakers and those who wish to listen to them and think about the views or knowledge presented by such a person.

The dangerous thugs who use or attempt-to-use physical force against rightful speakers (And, their audiences) must be very directly informed that any person can use any level of force to effectively-and-immediately stop a violent attack or even one that is reasonably perceived to be such.

Baring speakers or excluding some from audiences is an attack on both our nation's support of free speech and a cowardly attack on “Academic Freedom”!

NOTA BENE: Please refer to my blog entries of April 10 & 7, 2017.

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