“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm” —James Madison
Freedom of speech is the keystone of western civilisation, of individuality, of scientific discovery, of wealth and of democracy; without it, the entire edifice would collapse.
Yes, and any freedom of speech requires an balance of common-sense as to how and when it is used. As someone said to me this week, if a Man City supporter took it upon themselves to sit in the middle of a load of Man U supporters at a grudge match, and said Man City supporter stood up and taunted the Man U supporters, would anybody deny his/her right to free speech? Probably not. Would anybody think him/her sane or mentally balanced? Probably not either. Would anybody be in the least bit surprised if he/she got lynched and ended up in hospital? Probably not...
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