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Offline MH

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Re: "Your Ward" News - Hate Speech or Free Expression?
« Reply #45 on: November 19, 2017, 09:32:17 am »
The utility of this right isn't relevant.  As with all rights, we should be free to do whatever the heck we want as a base starting point, and our actions should be limited by law when what we do infringes on the rights of others.

Ok, so you are saying I don't have a right to talk about this ?  I feel like it's more relevant than whether free expression feels good or not, as the latter point is just obvious and pedestrian.

The entire point & history of all human rights is to protect people from abuses of power by government.

That's an 18th century view of 'history' I guess.  Government, however you define it, is about group leadership making decisions.  Discussion of human rights came long after silt-dredging tribes in Mesopotamia evolved into city states but ok.

There's a long history going back millennia even in the West (ie: monarchies) of governments abusing their power, shutting people up they want to silence (like people criticizing the government), throwing people in jail without charge or trial, and generally doing whatever authoritarian stuff they want.

Ok, and you are telling me this why ?  Is it relevant or is this a venting ?

I don't dispute the value of being able to express myself but understanding the utility of it is key to modifying and applying these rights, evolving them over time.