Ricky Gervais tweeted that defending free speech is being conflated to being alt-right in todays standards. His criticism certainly will draw ire, however there is a bigger missing picture here. As we become a global society, our social standards are leaning to the lowest common global denominator.
This means if we look at all the first world countries China, US, UK, Australia etc, take note of each countries social standards; the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.
The global lowest common denominator may become social norms unless we maintain the right to free speech in any manner. Who knows? Someone may be speaking up for social rights and be discredited for other rights of free speech.
Historically, freedom of expression is a two sided coin. We need to change the social landscape, however censorship across the board, it can also lead to forgoing the right to speak up when the time is necessary. Comedians especially push the line to see how much freedom of speech humanity has in the shadow of the powers that be; Looking at our current direct for global social standards, it’s becoming a long shadow:
– Facial-recognition cameras.
– The attack on American rule of law by Russian interference of the 2016 election.
– The death of Washington Post journalist Khashoggi.
– Striping people of their right to life and liberty after they have been socially barred from public speaking (draw you own conclusions).
So many more I am not privy too.
In the immortal words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” also mean you get your turn to speak your opinion.
Please, do. Or let American social stands lower to the lowest command denominator.
I’m an old fashioned liberal lefty, champagne socialist type of guy. A pro-equality, opportunity-for-all, welfare state snowflake. But, if I ever defend freedom of speech on here, I’m suddenly an alt right nazi. How did that happen? pic.twitter.com/9pYrTJlQHK
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 23, 2019