Freedom of Speech Mill and Freiberg

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THE MOST MEANINGFUL FREEDOM Freedom of speech is the key element of the real democracies. Freedom of speech is also concerned to the idea that people can speak freely without being stopped, or censored. Freedom of speech is briefly hallmark of democracy because democracy is based on independent thoughts of people. In a democratic society people are allowed to express their views freely and peacefully. There will be no democracy if freedom of speech isn't granted to people. Where there is freedom of speech, new ideas and thoughts are made available by the members of the society through free dialogues, discussions and debates. Thus, the right of freedom of speech is a necessary condition for creating a healthy and democratic…show more content…
For example the pornography and drug using are good arguments that the ones who are against to the existences of porn products and illegal drugs are free to not use them. However they have no right to put pressure on the ones who consume these products. However the most important thing is that people who purchase and consume these kinds of products should not cause harm to others such as raping or killing others. Although it may not be an unavoidable fact, the writer (2008) states in the text of Freedom of Speech “some studies show that the increasing consumption of pornography in the USA over the last 20 years has coincided with a marked reduction of violent crimes against women, including rape.” Therefore it will be now f more clear why I do not disagree with Feinberg’s Offense Principle: Mill’ formulation (1978) suggests only speech that directly harms the rights of others in an illegitimate manner should be banned so if the consumption of porn or drug using do not directly harm others it would be meaningless to ban them and as Mill’s formulation (2008) continues as “finding such material offensive, obscene or outrageous is not sufficient grounds for prohibition.” I believe that I could explain well why I disagree with the Offense Principle. As I mentioned in the introduction part; offensive speech should not ethically exist but it will be impossible to abrogate them in the proper sense. As seemed

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