Community//

Free Speech

My right to say what you don't want to hear?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

For me, this current movement for social change has generated confusion about my stance on Free Speech.

Should someone be allowed to say ‘Racists are vile’ ?
What about if we substitute Racists for Black people or Gays or Feminists?

Many of us instinctively say we support freedom of expression but we become more hesitant when views are expressed which we personally find offensive or insulting.

Should all offensive speech be banned? But how should we decide what is acceptable and what is not?

National laws generally cover:

* Obscenity (although it’s very difficult to define)
* Lies (perjury, libel, false advertising)
* Incitement to violence

But currently, there is no legal international definition of Hate Speech.

This 2-minute video looks at some of the issues.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Woke Problems
Community//

Why We Need to Be “Woke” – But Careful Too

by Dr. Mike Brooks
Wisdom//

A Case For Freedom of Expression Based on Altruism

by Matthieu Ricard
Community//

Should We Continue To Celebrate Dr. Seuss?

by Gay Cioffi
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.