Free speech isn't under attack in the United States. That's a right-wing lie. People are still free to say whatever they want, with a few reasonable and long-standing exceptions, without fear of being shut down by the government. Whats more, corporations are now able to use unlimited amounts of money on political speech, and preachers can talk politics from the pulpit while keeping their tax-exempt status. You can even decline to sell a cake to a gay couple on the grounds that selling a cake is speech.Stu wrote: ↑Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:07 amYeah it's actually very sad to see this happening in modern day America. That they actually want to tread on, or oppose, freedom of speech is just mind-blowing to me. Can't fathom it. But then I'm a libertarian.
So it's freedom of speech, as long as it coincides with my views. Such a dangerous precedent they are setting.
The "free speech" rallies are right-wing [nonsense]. First off, they're allowed to hold them and march through cities where they're not wanted holding signs that [annoy people], all of which means that they still have free speech. Second, there's never been a time in the history of the United States when you could say anything that you wanted with no push-back from your neighbors. What they're actually protesting is that the United States has become more diverse and more socially liberal and they don't like it.
Public speech being condemned by private citizens is a different matter. Yes, if you voice an unpopular or controversial opinion and have the misfortune of being caught on camera it can cost you your job and expose you to ridicule and harassment by people from all over the world. But that's not a First Amendment issue or a liberal conspiracy, it's the result of social media making it possible to communicate instantly with pretty much anyone anywhere. So sure, if you get caught on film going off on a racist tirade then you can wind up trending on Twitter and it can cost you your job and screw up your life. And if you refuse to serve a guy wearing a MAGA hat (in Canada, no less) you can find yourself getting ripped on FOX News while your Yelp rating goes negative and your inbox fills up with hate mail.
Personally, I think the whole thing is pretty screwed up, and it infuriates me that the media (and that includes all of the right-wing outlets) delights in dragging random people into the spotlight and skinning them alive, but here we are. That's reality, so you'll want to think hard before you call the cops on a black guy for wearing socks in a swimming pool, comment on Twitter about how the Jews secretly run the banking industry, or throw your drink on a kid in a MAGA hat. The government still doesn't care, but world is watching.