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Necessary curbing or censorship?

   
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Originally Posted by Carsonn View Post
It is bogus people should be allowed to watch what they want... it should be there free will rest as adults one is mature enough to decide if that is wrong or not... censorship isn't going to do any good, people still get to watch those videos.
Try that as a defense when the RIAA hits you with a multi-million dollar fine for illegally downloading movies.
The Founding Fathers had quite a bit to say about free speech, and the reasons for it. Some of them later regretted it, but it was a bit late then. To understand it, however, you will need to look at the philosophies of the Founding Fathers, and the philosophies that developed both before and after as a consequence.
See also how suppression of free speech was used in both Britain and Europe at the time, the effects of inconvenient questions on power structures in Europe and elsewhere (such as the traditional nailing of theological questions to the door of the church), and how telling the truth could make your words famous or so dangerous that it was impossible to get your hands on, or, in rare cases, both (Niccolo Macchiavelli's "The Prince", for example).
Think also on who was granted the right of free speech, against whom it was directed, and see if that can spark some ideas on the reasons for doing so, and possibly the times and places where it is not valid.

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Originally Posted by Tedronai View Post
Following your seemingly absolutist definition of free speech, nobody HAS free speech, let alone had.
What does that have to do with anything?

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