Paul Joseph Watson Is No Free Speech Extremist

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Paul Joseph Watson is a popular political YouTuber who covers topics ranging from gay pride to women’s rights, BLM, and traditionalism. His views generally run counter to all libertarian values and instead stink of religious authoritarianism.

The one thing he presents which someone could see as anti-authoritarian is his position on free speech—or rather, “free speech”. In Watson’s Twitter bio, he references a magazine who dubbed him a “free speech extremist”. He does, of course, take this as a compliment and a badge of honor. But in reality, Watson is anything but a free speech extremist. His values fly in the face of not only free speech, but also the very reason we human beings have rights in the first place. 

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On July 14, 1798, the Sedition Act Killed Free Speech

The Sedition Act was passed by John Adams
John Keller | @keller4liberty

The Sedition Act

On this day, July 14, in 1798 the Sedition Act was signed into law by President John Adams. The Sedition Act made it illegal for Americans to write in the form of publications, such as news organizations, or utter phrases in public that were deemed to be a fabrication or ‘malicious’ against the government or sitting administration. The repercussions were unmistakable.

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Candace Owens Supports a Flag Over the Constitution

Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

On Saturday, President Trump created a new controversy when he tweeted that it was a “no brainer” to have an amendment that would ban the burning of the American flag.

However, the situation got heated when conservative activist Candace Owens tweeted that she believed flag burning warrants a loss of citizenship.

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Social Media Sites Don’t Have a Monopoly on Free Speech

Atilla Sulker | @AtillaSulker

Individuals from all corners of the political spectrum have been rilled up by the recent bannings of various figures from social media platforms including Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Some have praised these bans for providing good restrictions on what they deem “fake news” or “hate speech”. Others have attacked these bans for being influenced by nefarious motives that are contra free speech. The debate regarding the extent to which social media sites may regulate speech has been going on for years now. Perhaps it is time for a reassessment.

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Social Media Censorship: Platform or Publisher?

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Mike Ottavio | @MadMikePolitics

Times change but our rights do not.  This sentiment, repeated mostly by conservatives and libertarians, aims to show that no matter what changes in our society, our rights should always stay the same.  This is a good mindset for any freedom loving individual. But what happens when society changes so much that the way we enforce these rights change? No, we aren’t talking about guns. We are talking about the mother of all rights, freedom of speech. More specifically, we are talking about how it is threatened on social media.

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