While pressure mounts on Facebook and similar platforms to curb hate speech, some holier-than-thou elitists claim that they can spew their filth because of the right to free speech. The question is, how to disproof them? Maybe they are right? How not to get confused? Here is how.
1. Free Speech is not a right on its own. It is part of a democratic society and cannot be seen loose from it. It’s a package deal.
2. Democratic society only should give its rights and privileges to people who support democracy. Anti-democrats are not entitled.
You can’t stand in any election with a platform that you will discriminate against certain groups of people. And quite the same:
3. You can’t spread hatred for groups of people and claim free-speech rights.
Denigrating certain parts of the population is an attack on the democratic society as a whole and should never be protected by it.
4. If you slander individuals, you should expect to be sued. If you make whole groups of people feel less valuable, less safe, collude with haters (as racists, antisemites, sexists, homo- and trans-haters, etc.), you should expect that you’re excluded from the discussion. Your words should be ignored, your access to social media should be closed down, etc.
That’s not anti-democratic. That’s protecting democracy!
In a democratic society, everyone is entitled to protection against anyone who sets out to harm them, their dignity, rights, and possessions.
The victimizers will then play the victim. But they are only victims as much as a burglar when caught is a victim of the police. Not so.