IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I'M SAYING, DON'T LISTEN - on right vs. freedom.

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The difference between a freedom and a right is that the former is considered to be so important that a law cannot restrict it; the latter is something that the law permits or allows. That being said, what are some of our right and freedoms? A right might be the right to wear the clothes you want or to smoke cigarettes. Some freedoms are our freedom to live, eat, religion, assembly and the freedom to say whatever's on your mind, including those things some might have a problem with. This essay will cover why it is a freedom, not a right, to say anything you want, including hateful things, more specifically racist views. Some supporting topics are: why you can't please everyone because they're will always be someone opposed to you opinion, equality of opinion, non-hypocrisy (we can speak but you can't) and the importance of non-silence for change. It will also show counter-arguments towards absolute freedom of speech: violence as a result of free speech, hurting someone's feelings, children being manipulated and why conspiracy to commit crimes is not free speech.

There is not one issue that doesn't have two sides to the argument. For example, cutting trees can be a problem for the eco-system; some animals need the trees to live in and eat from, some might argue. This is a valid argument. However, counter-arguments to cutting trees might be that someone needs to cut trees to make money to feed their families, and they are providing jobs for the present economy for the workers to feed their families, and the trees will grow back. People then take sides based on the information of the argument presented, and of course, that's their freedom of opinion, choosing what they value more, money or the life of an animal. Another...