My newest article is up at Mises.org; "Is Communist Speech Free Speech?"
The article is intentionally incendiary and serves two purposes: 1) To give a brief rundown of communist atrocities. As I note, "Going back through the twentieth century communists generally fall into two categories; 1) Mass-murdering, totalitarian dictators when in power and 2) terrorists when not-in power." And 2) To mock all of those "hate speech isn't free speech" lunatics on the Left. Most notably, Joe Biden, who recently tweeted out that "hate speech is not protected by the first amendment."
Umm, yes it is Joe.
Unfortunately, a lot of people didn't seem to get the obvious satire as the comments shows. Perhaps had my original draft been used, which included the following over-the-top ending, it would have been more obvious. But I can understand it really isn't in the spirit of an intellectual website such as Mises.org:
"Postscript: Communists tend to be rather dishonest, so if Howard Dean is looking for an unbiased third party to determine who is and who is not a communist, the Mises Institute would be happy to lend a hand.
"Postscript to the Postscript: After a thorough review, the Mises Institute has determined that Howard Dean will no longer be allowed to express his opinion."
Of course, people's sarcasm detectors seem to be permenantly broken when it comes to the written word. So perhaps one more would have been necessary:
"Postscript to the Postscript to the Postscript: Yes this is satire, c'mon people!"
Oh well. Regardless, communism sucks and freedom of speech, even for bad speech, is the cornerstone of a free society.
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