Is freedom of speech desired? According to the first amendment in US, there is an implied meaning that the individual has the right to say anything he wants without the need to worry about the government limiting his speech.(I believe this is also why President Trump is unable to do anything about the hate comments and negative news about him). This means that there will be implications that an individual has the freedom to offend whoever he wants (as he is able to say anything he wants). Doesn't this spread hate and tension between people? If so, why does the US government not want to amend the first amendment?

'Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear' I cannot really remember where i heard this quote, but this quote really speaks volume. If we really do give people freedom of speech doesnt it also mean we are giving individuals the power to create conflicts and hate ?

To sum up, my question is 'Is it really necessary to have freedom of speech in a society, especially in a globalizing economy where there are more interactions between different races and religion'.

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    Because this already has checks and balances. One still does not have the right to incite violence or to commit harassment or verbal assault, which all remain crimes. And that means that, in reality, one cannot offend whoever one wants, at least not severely, nor can one say things that purposely create severe hostility or convey credible threats. To be protected by the 1st Amendment, the purpose of the speech needs to be as speech, to convey thoughts, feelings or information and not as violence or incitement, to create a hostile environment – user9166 Jan 29 '18 at 3:06
  • The current permissive consensus developed historically, for a long time Postmaster General had authority to essentially censor "obscenities" in print until the Supreme Court took it away in 1957, see Comstock Laws. The usual explanation is that long experience confirmed that the benefits of free speech in curtailing government's ideological pressures and corruption far outweigh the discomforts caused by "offensive" speech. An added benefit is avoiding hopeless debates over what should or should not be seen as "offensive". – Conifold Jan 29 '18 at 3:33
  • The important thing to remember about any freedom is that it's as much a responsibility as a right. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should and the principles of 'quiet enjoyment' still apply. Guns are legal in the USA too, but it's still a criminal act to murder someone with one. Guns and Voices can be used for effective change, or as weapons. The former is not an issue; it's only when you start to hurt others with either tool that it becomes a problem and where responsibility must be accepted for the consequences. – Tim B II Jan 29 '18 at 6:47

According to the first admendment [sic] in US, an individual has the right to say anything he wants

According to the first amendment, the US Congress does not have the right to abridge freedom of speech. It explicitly does not say that individuals have the right to say what they want. Also, it has never been taken to mean that and a number of exemptions have been determined by the US Supreme Court over the years.

This also implies that he has the freedom to offend whoever he wants

No it doesn't although it's probably fair to say that most attempts to legislate against giving offence have been struck down.

Doesnt [sic] this spread hate and tension between people?

No. One can argue that a different interpretation than is current may reduce the amount of public hate speech. Given that a number of countries do make hate speech illegal, it's not entirely obvious that this has led to less hate and tension.

  • The last sentence is false. The First Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights and could be edited by adding another amendment. – user9166 Jan 29 '18 at 16:12
  • @jobermark You are completely correct. Thank you for pointing that out, I've removed the offending paragraph. The question had already removed reference to it as well. – Alex Jan 29 '18 at 17:17

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