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Strong advocates of #FreeSpeech should be the most sensitive to the responsibilities that accompany this right.

But the opposite often seems to be the case... THREAD
Central to the case against government restriction is the idea of individual responsibility, that we ought to be trusted to exercise our rights (such as freedom of expression) wisely and justly, in ways that don’t infringe on the rights of others.
Also the idea of social responsibility: that society (as distinct from government) ought to resolve conflicts of ideas and opinions - through counter-argument, shunning, contempt, even (dare I say) de-platforming.
And yet many (not all but many) hard advocates of #FreeSpeech are exercising this right irresponsibly - by being untruthful, insincere, dishonest, petulant, obnoxious, reckless, insulting, wilfully offensive.

Not always all at once, but sometimes they come close.
For the record, I don’t think what @dbseymour said was illegal. Nor do I think it could, or should, be made to be. But in the current climate - after #Christchurch, assault on @jamespeshaw, #xrw in NZ, etc - it is extremely irresponsible (and that’s being charitable).
I do think his words endanger Ghahraman’s rights to safety & liberty, by personalising the debate but also by winding people up, by creating a sense of “internal enemy” and “clear and present danger”, which feeds extremism.
One of the factors that tips radicalised people into violence is a heightened sense of urgency (combined with a sense that there are no alternatives to violent action). Public debate can contribute to this sense of emergency. routledge.com/Understanding-…
The champions of #FreeSpeech ought to be the exemplars of how to use it well. Otherwise they’re inviting the very restrictions that they campaign so vigorously against.

And if liberalism looks, sounds and quacks like a matter of personal convenience, then it’ll die a slow death.
Lastly here’s an excellent quote from Irish philosopher Onora O’Neill, written in wake of 9/11...
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