Question about Justice - Allen Stairs responds

Is a society that criminalizes incitement to violence and libel really a free society despite all other forms of speech being legal? Response from: Allen Stairs Is a society that criminalizes
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Is a society that criminalizes incitement to violence and libel really a free society despite all other forms of speech being legal? Response from: Allen Stairs Is a society that criminalizes murder a free society?Depends on what you mean. If a free society is one in which nothing is forbidden, then if anything is criminalized, the society isn't free. But if that's what's meant by "free society," then no sane person would want to live in one. This suggests that taking "free society" to mean "society with no rules or restrictions" doesn't really get at what people mean when they use those words. As a first stab, it's probably better to say that a free society is one with no unjustifiable restrictions on people's liberty. That's not meant to say which societies are free, or to what extent. For one thing, there's room to argue about which restrictions are justifiable. For another, even insofar as we agree about that, it will almost certainly turn out that no legal system gets it. . .

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