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The Pros And Cons Of Free Speech Ethical Dilemmas

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These two groups can be seen as representing the two sides of the free speech ethical dilemma. On one hand, the group Antifa claims that they must silence the harmful and offense views of extremist groups such as neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. According to an article published about them by Berkeley, (which, of course, being political media, has some bias) members Antifa, short for “anti-fascist,” essentially believe that to prevent totalitarian oppression of minorities, females, and basically anyone who is not a white man (one criticism many people have of them), they must prevent the voices of the oppressors from being heard. This includes taking actions ranging from blocking college students from attending events held by controversial speakers to wearing masks and physically attacking their opponents at demonstrations (Devulapalli). What is interesting about this group is that they are willing to go so far to prevent hateful speech from being voiced. I think most Americans wouldn’t agree with Antifa using violence to suppress the opinions of their white supremacist opponents, whatever they think of the supremacists’ opinions. Ironically, violent suppression of others’ ideas is a key part of what characterizes fascism, which is part of why so many people oppose them. On the other side of the spectrum is those whom Antifa fights against – white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and other members of what has been deemed the
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