Of course you should be allowed to say the most vulgar, racist, sexist, or conspiratorial things imaginable, but should you do it?
Whenever “Free Speech!” is abused, manipulated, perverted, or used as a defence for repulsive individuals, something, somewhere, in our society’s discourse has been lost. One should have the political right to say the most disgusting, offensive, or evil things imaginable, however, one would also not be morally justified in doing so. It is the opinion of this journal that every citizen should have the legal right to snort cocaine or shoot heroin, but that there is no moral justification for, and no virtue to be found in, the act. The issue of free speech (and “hate speech”) is no different.
We truly do need to be careful, thoughtful, and tolerant of what we say. This is not due to some nefarious globalist entity that wishes to jail people for dissenting views, but simply because humanity has evolved. Humanity has risen from banging rocks together for fire, burning people for the hope of rain, and beheading Kings. It should not be unreasonable to claim that humanity has evolved also to a state that demands polite and intelligent discourse.
And polite and intelligent discourse does not include saying “in thinking about immigration and migration, I could not care less whether someone filled out the paperwork correctly or passed a civics exam. I oppose the immigration of an African who waits his turn and genuinely ‘wants to be an American’; conversely, I would gladly accept thousands of ‘Swedish boat people’ who wash up on the shores,” as Spencer has. Or perhaps when he asserted that “this country [The United States] does belong to white people, culturally, politically, socially, everything. We defined what America is.”
Of course you should be allowed to say the most vulgar, racist, sexist, or conspiratorial things imaginable (see above for examples), but should you do it?
One’s basic sense of empathy and tact says not.
However, the best way to challenge figures such as Richard Spencer is not with government-enforced coercion or violence, but instead with public ridicule and debate. To open up the pandora’s box of government censorship via hate speech laws is to give the power of speech-limiting to any government – be it Conservative, Liberal, Socialist, or Alt-Right.