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Free Speech a Privilege and Not a Right?

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Eugene Volokh at his eponymous conspiracy has this post on an astonishingly broad, and almost certainly unconstitutional, proposal on cyberbullying in New York.  He emphasizes this sentence:

Proponents of a more refined First Amendment argue that this freedom should be treated not as a right but as a privilege -- a special entitlement granted by the state on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated.
Yeah, right, "refined."  Always cast your proposal as the more sophisticated approach.

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Governments that punish pure speech (i.e., putting aside things like fraud, threats etc.) are evil. And the idea that one has a license to speak that can be revoked is pernicious.

Why do we constantly have to relearn the same lessons?

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