Should fascist ideas be censored?
I recently got involved in this online debate about freedom of speech.
It is my opinion that freedom of speech applies even to nazis. The other person argued that nazis should be censored.
The debate went like this.
When the nazis where not censored in 1930’s Germany, it lead to the holocaust and situation. That is what happens when nazis enjoy freedom of speech.
Using that logic, I could say that an anti-abortion advocate should not be allowed to express their views openly, because historically abortion bans have lead to 13 year old rape victims being forced to remain pregnant.
Only fascist ideas should be censored.
Fascism is pretty well defined. Fascism, by definition, is a far-right, authoritarian, ultranationalist political ideology and movement, characterized by a dictatorial leader, centralized autocracy, militarism, forcible suppression of opposition, belief in a natural social hierarchy, subordination of individual interests for the perceived good of the nation and race, and strong regimentation of society and the economy. Fascism rose to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. The first fascist movements emerged in Italy during World War I, before spreading to other European countries, most notably Germany. Fascism also had adherents outside of Europe.
Only if the idea for which you advocate fits the above definition should the idea be censored. Abortion bans are a bad idea, but they do not fit the definition of fascism and therefore should not be on the chopping block for censorship.
Before having that debate, I was 100% positive that censoring nazis is a bad idea. Now I’m wavering at 80-90% certainty. What do you think? Should nazis be censored? Should we encode a law stating that advocating for fascism is not protected by freedom of speech? Let me know.
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