Essay on Freedom Of Speech By Wendell Holmes
08 June 2016
Freedom of speech
A) Background info
1) Adopted in 1791, the First Amendment, states that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (pilon, p. 13) The freedom of speech documented in the First Amendment is not only a constitutional protection, but also an inevitable part of democratic government and independence, which are essential values in our society.
1) “Censorship,” according to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, “is an almost irresistible impulse when you know you are right” (Sunstein, p. 25).
2) That is why the American citizen’s right to free speech is and should be held as the highest virtue and any censorship of freedom of speech should not be allowed, but only respected.
II) Body I: Freedom of speech is essential part of democratic government, because the only way truth can emerge is when there is an open competition of ideas.
A) Supporting ideas
1) However, there is a strong support of censorship when people start mentioning extremely offensive opinions. Should the freedom of speech be limited in this case?
2) The answer is “No”. “If liberty means anything at all,” writes George Orwell, “it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” (Cox, p. 36)
B) If we want to enjoy the freedom fully, the full protection…