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Free Speech

A Play Murders Trump but Free Speech is Dead in the U.S.

Written by Joe Scudder

American progressives have no clue about free speech or are all lying about it because it serves their agenda.

It has been a week since we posted about the Shakespeare play that is adapted to Donald Trump and, in that time, free speech is suffering more wounds than the “bloody mouths” on Caesar’s body. People are claiming that those who don’t want to portray the graphic murder of Donald Trump are violating free speech. Delta Airlines and Bank of America both pulled out of sponsoring the play.

The local New York CBS station provides a typical example of people talking about free speech wrongly:

Some people waiting in line for tickets outside The Delacorte Theater in Central Park believe it’s an overreaction.

“It’s Freedom of Speech. Do some people carry it a little too far? Maybe, but it still comes down to that,” one man said.

“I can’t fly Delta anymore,” one woman said. “Theater is an incredible medium that does a lot of things, social commentary is one of them.”

“This is an art form and people have the right to free speech and people have the right to dress the character the way they please,” another man said. “For years now I’m sure many productions of ‘Julius Caesar’ have had some sort of reference to what’s going on in the world.”

No, it is NOT free speech! The production company has no more right to force Delta to give them money than Delta has the right to force people to use their airline. Free speech refers to a prohibition on censoring speech by violence or threats or violence—whether by government or others. It doesn’t require sponsorship of speech you don’t want to sponsor.

And if someone had tried to produce that play in a way that showed Barack Obama as Julius Caesar, the media would have demanded Federal prosecution.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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