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Dynamo posted this thread...
Oct. 25, 2012 at 2:51 am

In "The Pelican Brief", John Grisham points out that freedom of expression means freedom of riots. What say you 'bout it?

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Wow, I feel flattered. :) I haven't read "The Pelican Brief", but I've been meaning to. (Does that count?:)
On the quote itself, it depends on what 'riot' means in the context of the statement. Is 'riots'  a general term that describes various conflicts/discord? Or does it literally refer to hordes of angry people throwing rocks and setting things on fire?
Freedom of speech/expression, like all freedoms, has limits. I agree that freedom of specch necessarily protects conflict, arguments, insults, and so on. So if the first definition is true, I agree. In the second case, however, I don't think so. Freedom of expression ends when someone else's rights to liberty and property are put in danger, so a literal riot (where propertry might be destroyed or people injured) is not protected.

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sorla replied...
Oct. 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Freedom! Yeah, true freedom gives us the freedom to do anything... anything. That's the price of freedom, but ain't it worth it? I think so, just because those of us who are to sadistic and narcissistic can't handle freedom doesn't mean the rest of us can't. 

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CTS207 replied...
Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

The psychologicaly ill I.E Psychopaths, Narcists and Sociopaths. All would have those same rights to freedom. If we as a society did not acknowledge the fact: that certain individual's right to freedom should be restrained or absolved. For the safety of everyone. I mean seriously who wouldn't agree with what I am saying other then the psychologically ill?!

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