Speech On Freedom Of Speech

3937 Words Nov 21st, 2016 16 Pages
Zhiyuan Li
Philosophy 2367

Freedom of Speech
A couple of months ago, University of Chicago’s president Robert J. Zimmerin expressed his concern about freedom of speech on campus in a Wall Street Journal article:
Free speech is at risk at the very institution where it should be assured: the university … Invited speakers are disinvited because a segment of a university community deems them offensive, while other orators are shouted down for similar reasons. Demands are made to eliminate readings that might make some students uncomfortable. Individuals are forced to apologize for expressing views that conflict with prevailing perceptions.
Freedom of speech – the free and open exchange of ideas within a society – is thought to be fundamental to a democracy . In the United States, the freedom is protected under the First Amendment, which substantially restricts the government’s power to censor private speech . However, while people have been worried, almost traditionally, about increased government intervention to regulate speech, many have just realized the seriousness of social suppression on free speech – only until recently has it become widely known that the climate, especially on college campus, has made Trump-supporters afraid to admit their position publicly, creating a lot of misunderstanding and division among people.
In this paper, I argue that it is pro tanto wrong to restrict the free exercise of speech, even if the speech itself may be hateful, deceptive,…
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