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Brandenburg Vs Ohio Considering that the 1st Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech my question is can the government regulate so called hate speeches or seek to address the harm it causes Court Free speech means free speech for popular ideas as well as for unpopular ones and when we cannot make clear distinctions between hateful and non-hateful speech but are trying to suppress it We have no right to call ourselves a free society then In my opinion it looks like the courts are trying to balance both freedom of speech freedom of individuals and the fear of an inflammatory speech The bureaucrats representatives of the people cannot be the average citizens The representatives are the best citizens the Supreme Court Free speech means free speech for popular ideas as well as for unpopular ones And when we cannot make clear distinctions between hateful and non-hateful speech but nevertheless are trying to suppress it we have no right to call ourselves a free society Ruling I was fairly close on how the court would rule The 1st Amendment protects writing demonstrating parading leafleting and certain forms of symbolic expression Confronted with cases where local governments have tried to restrict or accommodate these various kinds of vocal and body speech the Court has developed the principle that government can place reasonable regulations on when where and how speakers may express themselves The freedom of speech becomes a subject to reasonable time manner and place regulations as long as these regulations do not inflict harm on society I agree with the court ruling You have to look at the circumstances even though the 1st amendment is straight forward
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