The Free Speech Continuum

The Free Speech Continuum

The Free Speech Continuum (by Shane Caplan):


  1. Speech which scrutinizes or lampoons ideas. e.g. criticizing or poking fun at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Communism, Capitalism, etc.

Immoral but Legal:

  1. Speech which promotes hatred on the basis of beliefs. e.g. promoting hatred against people who believe in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Communism, Capitalism, etc. 
  2. Speech which promotes hatred based on biology or other involuntary factors. e.g. promoting hatred against people for being Jewish, Arab, Persian, Homosexual, Black, White, Disabled, etc.


  1. Speech which incites violence. e.g. saying Joe Blow, Magazine X, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Communists, etc., should be hurt or killed
  2. Using violence to silence speech

From the author: "The intent behind the diagram was to iron out some first principles. Obviously the legal precision of the diagram will vary between regions."

- Shane Caplan

Quote Source: Twitter

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