Thursday, 19 May 2011

Q & A: Free Speech

"How far does freedom of speech extend in pluralistic societies?"
So asks Albert Shihyi Chiu (邱師儀), assistant professor in Tunghai University’s Department of Political Science.


In a free society ("pluralism" is the language of superficial fools and postmodern communists*), the right to free speech is limited only by its' intersection with other negative rights; the right to life and the right to property. See here for further reading.

*Why? Because the application of "plural" is not to individuals, qua individual character and behaviour - but to membership of superficially designated statistical groups (e.g. nationality, ethnicity, language, "socio-economic status", marital status, gender, age and so on) identified as targets for tactical predation in a competitive social democratic politics.

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