America’s freedom of speech model may perpetuate the spread of right-wing extremism, writes Mila Versteeg of The Atlantic. The European system restricts certain speech that is perceived as spreading violence, intolerance or hate. This makes sense, given its history with far-right movements. By allowing all kinds of speech, the U.S. is opening itself to the possibility of something similar happening. Since the ascension of Donald Trump, a rise in American hate has been noted. The unregulated spread of certain ideas can be detrimental for a country. Perhaps we should reconsider the risks of limitless free speech.
Freedom of speech is special because it allows the unregulated flow of ideas, whether they go against the status quo or not, argues Alana Mastrangelo of the Washington Examiner. Limiting the spread of these ideas is better done by an independent populace, rather than the government. Introducing the censorship of certain ideas could lead to the stomping out of all kinds of unpopular opinions. Good ideas aren’t always popular. Americans understand what movements to shun, as has been done with the Westboro Baptist Church. The First Amendment is as necessary as it is special.