It’s called, “the freedom of speech,” not “the freedom of slander.”

Posted on February 13, 2015


Stated anecdotally,

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

It is the difference between what we want to say (impulsively, individually, with self-righteous justification) and what we ought to say (what is necessary and proper in accordance with good judgment, ethics, values, and communal propriety). To abuse the “freedom of speech” as a narcissistic warrant for slander, is to disabuse the principle, and degrade the amendment’s intention.

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