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Free speech

In freedom, philosophy, politics, religion on May 27, 2013 at 18:01

“Democracy requires debate and challenge,  the rule of law requires the right to be heard in court, genuine education requires questioning and access to information. Without free speech none of these things are possible.  Something the price of the free speech is offence, but “feeling offended” can never justify censorship.” A.C. Grayling

So offended…

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2012 at 06:03

I actually think freedom of speech and expression means people should grow over being offended by what others think or say. Just ignore them or laugh at them. I feel it is religious fanatics and nationalists who get offended the most – so why we should join them? People should be allowed to ridicule them freely if they want to and also to explain freely why they are wrong. I think the open discussion is always better than kindergarten-ish, immature “I’m offended and I’m reporting you” attitude. In some cases ignoring somebody may work wonders. Imagine a preacher screaming on a street corner “You’ll go to Hell if you don’t listen to me!” And nobody even turn his or her head… That’s humiliation.


Words “stupid”, “ugly”, “fat” are very offending. Would they be banned one day? At the moment its looks like the most important is the size of minority somebody has offended. If its negligible or powerless to protest – its OK…


All this charges for inciting violence and even just hatred… It is peoples choice what to say. It is your choice either plunge yourself into hatred and violence because of what you heard – or not. It is your personal responsibility.

I think kids should be educated to think free, to try to understand others, to count possible consequences of their own actions.  Not to be afraid to be persecuted for saying something offencive to somebody else. There is no freedom, no free thinking in that. And if you have an opinion there almost always will be somebody offended by it.

Hello again, Big Brother…

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2011 at 08:51

Its just as bad as during Soviet times sometime. Political correctness, spin and citizens constantly spying on citizens. Day after day there is something on the news – neighbours being filmed secretly over the fence, so called “friends” reporting private conversations and so on. Yes, real criminals should be punished, but at what price?

I am actually a person who, unfortunately, could be easily offended by any word (but also fast to forgive & forget) so I just can’t understand how any even slightly “politically incorrect” unintentional word is considered almost a crime nowadays. Somebody always will be offended by one thing or another. But its presumably OK to hate your neighbours, spy on them and report them. And to have one-sided national news coverage on many occasions – that’s not politically incorrect.

“Oh, Hello!” – just waiving to the next door camera pointing directly at our kitchen window. And this is probably one of the most low-crime places on Earth…

12 February 2009

Free speech

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 at 07:26

I don’t think free speech exists yet. We hear from time to time, that it didn’t existed in the Soviet Union, or it doesn’t exist in modern China. Well it doesn’t exist anywhere. Its just a pretense. Lets be honest. If you forbid saying anything offending – that is it. Any strong opinion on important matter can offend the opposite side. So governments, organizations, etc forbid some allegedly “bad” groups of people or individuals to speak on their own behalf. And what does that do? It turns them into martyrs for indecisive people. It shows to those who didn’t make heir opinion yet – the government is afraid that if “baddies” speak, they will take over, that they may actually have truth on their side. Its so easy to wave your sword at somebody who is not allowed to do so in our “civilized” society. For me its strange, how on Earth you can convince somebody what’s right and what’s wrong if you don’t let other side publicly defend itself?

Of course no viable government will allow open propaganda against itself on the prime time TV. Its understandable. Of course children should be protected from unappropriated content. But why not have a web site (or a radio station) easily accessible for all adults where absolutely anything could be said, any opinion discussed, and where any crazy lunatic could explain his or her point of view (and being praised or remotely”beaten” for that). And then, we WOULD have freedom of speech. 0 comments Links to this post

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