Why is free speech so important?
Because hate speech might be true speech. Because what you think is hate speech might be true. Because it’s a fail safe given humanity’s propensity for believing in really stupid wrong things which history has shown that groups will lethally impose upon other groups and prevent them from speaking out against.
Who historically has enjoyed the power of determining what constitutes hate speech? The Catholic church and its Inquisition is a great example. A modern example of an exclusive group determining what constitutes hate speech would be those who follow various forms of Sharia Law where it is punishable by death for criticizing Islam or its prophet, etc. Unless you’re a liberal you really don’t support the idea of a patriarchal religion determining what constitutes hate speech, do you? Strange that modern liberals and their feminists most of all people support patriarchal religious definitions of hate speech! They might hurt you if you don’t agree with them so you better agree with them in the name of liberal feminism. Not even right wing Christians support that or ask for it for themselves.
It’s a fail safe much in the same way that the 2nd amendment is one. In the US system the 1st fail safe to complete idiocy is the 1st amendment. The 2nd more extreme fail safe is the 2nd amendment. However if all you have is a society of idiots then free speech is hardly relevant, and you wouldn’t trust such people with firearms either. And isn’t this sort of Idiocracy exactly that which is being produced, most notably via the Liberal left? The 1st and 2nd amendments are only relevant in a civilized and well-educated society, aren’t they…and so you have to wonder to whose benefit does it flow to turn the US into a complete Idiocracy? Who would wish to rule people like that? Because that’s where it ends, is in a people who must be ruled. So, who likes ruling, and more, who likes ruling idiots? Psychopaths and sociopaths do…they really do. They love it. They want to be the best idiot there is and the way to do that is to game all of the other idiots into being subordinate to you, and that means making them stupider by getting them to believe in bullshit.
As the saying goes “knowledge is power”, and so the corollary is that “false knowledge is weakness”. Think on that.
But this splits into two ways. If you have a rational mind then you prefer the truth regardless of however the truth might make you feel in the initial moments. If the rational truth happened to make you feel uncomfortable, you know and understand that it is because you need to adjust your emotions to adapt to the new rational reality which has just been comprehended. Perhaps you need to solve a few other questions in order to find more support for the truth. Perhaps a few other things which you thought you valued are no longer that important with knowledge of this new truth, etc. However, if you are governed by your emotions then it is preferable to simply go with what makes you feel better with more people.
Climate alarm is a great example. For people who are governed by their emotions, the feeling that you could question something as scary as an ultimate threat to the planet and all life is just too uncomfortable. Why would you even question something like that? What kind of hateful monster would allow for the possibility of ending the planet by questioning all of the people who say that the planet might end? After all, you know that everyone agrees that the possibility is real, and what kind of monster do you need to be to think something different than everyone? It’s sickening!
You see, this is all emotionally unfathomable. It’s clever, quite rational marketing techniques by the people promoting this fraud. For those governed by their emotions they are simply unable to penetrate the concept of climate alarm skepticism. It’s simply too emotionally overwhelming. First of all the planet might end, second of all you’re being embarrassing by being so different. Emotionally-directed people are so hysterical that they actually have an extremely low tolerance for handling emotion. This actually means that they have very shallow emotions.
For the rational it is quite simple to penetrate: the reason you question it is because it might be wrong, and in fact it is wrong. For the rational it is sickening that emotional people are so hysterical that they are unable to perform the basic human function of thinking. The rational are monsters to the emotional, and the emotional are animals(!) to the rational. Rational people actually have much deeper meaningful emotions.
For the emotionally hysterical, free speech makes no sense. They simply cannot fathom it. They don’t understand it. You actually need to explain to them that free speech doesn’t mean being able to yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater. A rational person immediately understands that the highest meaning of free speech is in the freedom to speak about truth and to speak out against untruth. They understand that there is an ideal to strive for in the concept. They are basically familiar with the historical contexts and events which lead to the concept of free speech.
Emotionally hysterical people on the other hand literally believe that free speech is actually about trolling, about the freedom to troll. About the freedom to yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater. About the freedom to be a monster and disagree with everyone else, and to be scary. I gave a talk once on the fraud of climate alarmism and a (hysterical) professor chastised me saying that I shouldn’t present the information since it “went against the experts”; I replied that at the very least I have free speech, and he took that to mean that I was saying that I should have the freedom to purposefully voice untrue things. He was totally unable to understand any of the critical thinking I presented with information about climate alarmism, and thought that I was doing it simply to troll.
Emotional hysterical people are so disturbing. Their minds are so dark. Now, it might be true that we do live in a society of idiots and therefore free speech isn’t all that relevant, but at the same time this has always been true and the people who need it have always been the minority on the fringes, especially the rationalist smart people most of all. With rationalist smart people being in such low concentration, ending free speech now only guarantees that the idiots and the sociopaths/psychopaths will be in charge of determining what constitutes hate speech. And given the proclivities of the idiot emotionally hysterical liberal left it therefore reduces to corporate fascism lead by sociopaths and psychopaths who gets to define hate speech, i.e., Facebook, Google, and sociopathic/psychopathic free market globalist capitalism, etc. There is no indication that these entities are interested in increasing your intelligence…in fact such a thing would be a contraindication to these entities.
Speaking of the end of free speech:
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