free speech

Insult and Injury, Ideas and Actions: An Anarchist Defense of Unlimited Freedom of Expression

  • Posted on: 1 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

(This piece was originally published as a broadside in 1994 but remains particularly relevant today)

Virtually everyone in the united states claims to support freedom of speech and expression. When debate arises around attempts by certain individuals to exercise this freedom, however, one frequently finds purported free speech advocates among those hoping to suppress the speech of others. Unfortunately, the position taken by many anarchists and leftists on this issue is no more principled than that taken by more mainstream conservatives and liberals.

Anarchists for Peace and Free Speech

  • Posted on: 21 February 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Splice Today by Crispin Sartwell

Clothed in rage and black balaclavas, anarchists have shown up at anti-Trump protests and campus actions against right-wing figures, often as the most or the only militant force. They burned a limo and broke windows near the White House during the inauguration. They were at Berkeley, agitating against right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and at NYU trying to shut down comedian Gavin McInnes. When white supremacist Richard Spencer got sucker-punched on video at the inauguration, many in the blossoming anarchist Twittersphere became armchair Nazi-punchers.

This Is Not a Dialogue

  • Posted on: 26 January 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Crimethinc

Not Just Free Speech, but Freedom Itself

Maybe you missed this, but you’re not in a dialogue. Your views are beside the point. Argue all you want—your adversaries are glad to see you waste your breath. Better yet if you protest: they’d rather you carry a sign than do anything. They’ll keep you talking as long as they can, just to tire you out—to buy time.

Freedom of Speech and Common Purpose

  • Posted on: 16 January 2015
  • By: emile

Freedom of speech is important to intellectual concept driven, common purpose based organizing.

Organizing in nature, in general, is outside-inwardly orchestrated by transforming relational patterns which inform individual and collective experience.

Western authoritarian organizing is, on the other hand, driven and directed by intellectual concepts such as ‘sovereigntism’ [the notional ‘local independent existence’ of a ‘sovereign state’ and its ‘supreme central authority’ operated by its ‘political leadership’].