What is Free-speech,
how do we use and control it?
What is free-speech?
What would Sherlock Holmes say? What would Nancy Drew do?
Free-speech is ontologically impossible. And, all speech is free speech. All speech is necessarily free. That out of the way...
What is free-speech? What is free? What is speech?
What is a bull? What is a dog? Does this give us any better an idea of a bulldog?
What isn't free-speech?
Words are words, but spelling something out with terrified hog-tied civilians sends a message. Carving it into someone's forehead does too.
Can you have free-speech if you can only speak in longs and shorts? "...squeeze once; and twice for...." Freedom of medium and message.
Having a gag in your mouth isn't free-speech. Or a gun to your head? St. Peter does not accept duress. You can always start
It isn't so easy to hold-back under torture. Torture frees up speaking, "the truth will set you free". Never mind chat forums, we need a philosopher bound under a hot lamp in Morocco, electrocuting him, shouting,
"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?!"*BUZZ* *BUZZ*
"Does it or doesn't it!?"*BUZZ*
Self-reported self-flagellation fills this niche?
How is free-speech similar to similar things? Free-press, freedom of movement?
Free-speech evidently shouldn't cost anything. It is not connected to the sin of money. This is its connection with God: not for Caesar. Free-speech isn't worth standing up for. It isn't worth anything. Free-speech has this exstential truth about it. Its teleology is without influence, not a tool, not a means, an end in itself.
Much of what is actually called free-speech is unfree-speech. Dualism means free is never without cloistered. Free-speech has often been or could be censored. Free-speech is freed-speech. Free-speech is like cabbage, it thrives in inhospitable ground.
Free-speech is a good thing, seems people say. Say one thing and do another. It's a conspiracy theory.
Who stands to profit from free-speech?
Pragmatism: What function does free-speech have? Where "form follows function", free-speech is a cliché used against us by our enemies.
Free-speech is a diversion, a non-issue. Which is mightier, the pen or the sword? They
know guns are dangerous. Unless he spits bullets, no speaker is going to assassinate presidents. Do attack helicopeters have speakers? Police cars do. Does a radio have free-speech?
Inferring meaning from context, sanddab
"As Shamil approached the warm Andaman water, sanddab
flicking darted into the reeds and shadows."
How is free-speech different from automatic writing? Can women and children have free-speech? If I put a muzzle on my neighbors Bichon Frise, is this a free-speech issue? Is it free-speech if it's spoken in a forest and no one's there to here it?
If I denounce the king of Erowhonistan, right in front of the royal palace -- in Xhosa, I'm not likely to be charged with lèse majesté.
Is it a matter of free-speech two seconds before Johnny and Jenny are whipped by their eves-dropping mama for using dirty-words?
If free-speech it would be as free as a bird, "wing'd words" (Iliad, BK. IV)
, a parrot.