It has been said that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Words and ideas are what inspire actions and victories. But words can be used for evil as well as for good. Should we really allow speech to be free?
What does “free speech” mean? It means that I can express my own opinion both on my own property and on public property. On the flip side, however, it also means that you can decline to listen to my opinion by avoiding or boycotting me. Still, with freedom of speech, I may voice offensive opinions. Should we create certain limits?
Once we start setting boundaries to free speech, it is impossible to find a limit that will still leave people free. Without freedom of speech, a society is not free at all.
How bad is this dilemma? And which side of it should we choose? We will look at two examples; first, an example of restricted speech, and second, the way free speech operates in a free society.