Some comments on the Trump thread have got me thinking. Many people are worried that blocking those on the political right who wish to engage in fascism and disempower minorites is an infringement of free speech and will only make things worse. One argument is that we should support an equal political platform for them otherwise we should expect more push back and violence.
I'd like to tackle that here if people are interested.
To kick things off here are two articles that I agree with.
Freedom of speech does not mean that you’re not allowed to challenge authority. On the contrary – the principle of free speech is all about our right to challenging authority, including the authority of employers, educators and political candidates.Too many liberal public intellectuals seem to have forgotten that this process did not end in 1968.
Freedom of speech does not mean that all citizens already enjoy equal access to free expression and movement. The United States, for example, repeatedly congratulates itself on being a society that allows far-right racists to march, and even allows them a police escort, while young black men are murdered merely for walking down the street in search of snacks. Somehow, every modern argument for free speech in America seems to begin and end with the defence of bigotry. In fact, some people’s speech is always privileged above others’.
I’m extremely relaxed about anti-fascist counter-protests. Of course I am. I’m British. I come from a country, for all its faults, where if fascists want to march down your high street, you get out there and stop them. Why? Because not all political viewpoints are morally equivalent. Because some ideas should not be tolerated, because when you tolerate them, people start acting on them.