The Supposed Right of Free Speech

Many people think there is a ‘right of free speech’. This, however, is not the case.

The supposed ‘right of free speech’ is a belief that people are allowed to say whatever they want, whenever they want. There are contradictions to this. “What about shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater?” “What about cursing at people on their own property?” In response to these objections, the ones in support of this ‘right’ say that sometimes ‘free speech’ needs to be dialed down. But, to what extent does it need to be dialed down? Who decided to what extent it needs to be dialed down? Who decides when it needs to be dialed down?

Now, instead of the ‘right of free speech’, let’s try something different. Let’s try property rights. You can say what you want on your own property, but you have to abide by the owner’s rules when you are on someone else’s. This answers all the objections raised in the previous paragraph. The owner of the property gets to decide what rules are in place on his own property. You have the right to say what you want on your own, legitimately acquired property.

Now, we see it’s not the ‘right of free speech’, it’s property rights.