That’s a false dichotomy. We don’t have to either protect ALL speech acts or NO speech acts. In fact since you’re referring to the legal frameworks of countries, there are no countries in the world that protect ALL speech acts. Literally zero. None at all. Every country bars at least the use of hate speech.

You say free speech requires that we be tolerant of that which is displeasing. Well, OK. Nobody is saying all ‘displeasing’ speech should be avoided. In fact I went to great lengths to delimit and justify why specific kinds of speech are worrying, and how they can be objectively defined.

Thanks for engaging, anyway.

Anthony is a former Dota 2 coach and commentator. He is currently studying towards his Masters in Public Health.

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