The Freedom Of Speech : Hate Speech

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An Introduction to the Marketplace of Ideas
Freedom of speech, along with the freedom of the press, have both become the two most important rights for each American citizen to defend. The First Amendment defends five of the following freedoms: the freedom of religion, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of the press, the freedom of petition, and the freedom of speech (First Amendment Center). All of these freedoms are equally important. However, even when people in a democratic society better acknowledge the vast diversity of opinions because of , it is important to consider the evolution of the freedom of speech, the marketplace of ideas that symbolizes the freedom of expression, and the greatest contemporary challenge that threaten to diminish the individual’s right of free speech: hate speech laws.
The Historical Evolution of the Freedom of Speech
Many American citizens today widely embrace freedom of speech as an “absolute right” to publish or speak their own thoughts. They treat it as a way of life. Freedom of expression, which encompasses the five freedoms granted by the First Amendment, allow “an individual or group of individuals to express their beliefs, thoughts, ideas, and emotions about different issues free from government censorship.” While freedom of speech has a largely broad definition, there are a few exceptions that do not constitute as free speech: fighting words, defamation, and blackmail (First Amendment Center). In previous centuries, however, the…
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