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How Important is Freedom of Speech?

•, By Paul Engel

Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech;

Silence Dogood, No. 8, 9 July 1722

Why is freedom of speech so important? As Mr. Franklin stated, there is no such thing as public liberty without it, but what does that mean? Yes, without freedom of speech people cannot express themselves, but there's more. Without freedom of speech we would never be exposed to contradictory ideas, and we would never grow. The basis of the scientific method is the testing of contradictory ideas. So if freedom of speech is so important, why do people keep tying to shut it down? Take New York State's "Online Hate Speech Law". Why is the State of New York attempting to get social media networks to act as government censors for them?

There are plenty of misunderstandings around the First Amendment and the protections of Freedom of Speech. Have you ever taken the time to consider why this freedom is so important and what you would do to defend it?

As Benjamin Franklin said, there can be no public liberty without Freedom of Speech. Which is why all of the recent attacks on this right seems so egregious to me. In recent years, companies like Rumble and Locals Technology have emerged to provide a venue where free speech can thrive. When the State of New York decided to join the ever growing number of governments attempting to suppress this right, these two companies filed suit against the Attorney General of New York, Letitia James.