Are You Free To Talk

Don’t take my voice away.
That’s all, I’m asking for.
I want to hear you say:
“You’ve touched me some way”.

What I write or what I say,
May not enlighten you today.
There are many others,
Who’ve passed me up, along the way.

Why would I ever imagine,
What I express—would sway,
Your polarized heart’s way?
When not even, the patriots obey.

You’re free to believe what you may,
But I’m hoping you and I,
In the end—will still be okay;
That’s why, I want to stay.

By: ElRoy © 2020

Listen to Hawk Nelson—Words

The real debate here is not about the principle of free speech, but the much grayer question of how we draw its boundaries. What kinds of speech should be morally out of bounds? What sorts of speakers should be excluded from major platforms? When can giving a platform to one kind of person actually make it harder for other people to speak their minds freely?

Once we see that these are the issues we’re actually discussing, it becomes clear that “cancel culture” is not the existential threat to free expression it’s made out to be.
“Drawing the lines of socially acceptable expression and determining appropriate responses to transgressing those norms.” That’s not a conflict over the principles of a free society but the rules that govern its operation in practice.

Excerpts from: The “free speech debate” isn’t really about free speech

 

 

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