The People vs. Larry Flynt

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Freedom of expression has always been a heated and heavily debated topic throughout our society, more so in recent times due to the increasing amount of freedoms that we gain. However, it is only natural that free speech be something of extreme amounts of conflict since this right is expressed in the very first amendment of the Constitution. But, how loosely should such an important document within our history be interpreted? This has been a question for years, and it is obvious that this particular amendment presents itself through our day-to-day activities. The real issue with freedom of speech is that, even though it is presented to us, there are obviously people who would abuse it to invoke emotional distress, or even to invoke acts of…show more content…
Larry Flynt, is definitely protected under this amendment that was actually created by the United States government. How is it justified that the government takes away this basic freedom, freedom of speech and of the press, from Larry Flynt, creator of Hustler, if it goes against the morals that they created for society? According to Mills, if this political right is infringed upon, it is completely justified that resistance occurs, as it did. Mills goes on later in his work to state, “…there needs to be protection also against the tyrant of the prevailing opinion and feeling; against the tendency of society to impose…its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them; to fetter the development…of any individuality not in harmony with its ways, and compel all characters to fashion themselves upon the model of its own.” (Mills 116) By Mills bringing up the idea behind falling into society’s stereotypes and expectations, it is further validated that one should not be silenced, whether literally or figuratively, due to society’s “discomfort.” Individuals should not be forced into the fads in which society finds acceptable. People are entitled to their own opinions, and that is truly the beginnings of individuality. John Stuart Mills is one such philosopher who, very graciously and rightly, defends such individuality
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