Art and Culture # 34: Why Protect Freedom of Speech (in Art and Life)?

6 Apr

For the Uncensored!

There seems to be no debate for all free thinking individuals who want to be able to be heard, but there are people out there who don’t want freedom of speech because they rightly have no answer to questions I or anyone else has. “Get that shot, because it will help you.” Oh yes, that’s what you hear in every single horror movie. The disease is the cure. But that idea and conversation all of a sudden is that you can’t have regular conversations like this. It’s not hard to have an answer, and even if it’s wrong, it can be debated with logic. 

            Logic is what makes us debate and how you phrase things can help people think like you. Emotional debates do not help logical discussions. It’s because someone has to be the grown up. They have to be better than the opponent. They can’t argue with them all the time, and in a logical debate, all you have to do, to puncture an emotional conversation is to use humor.

            Yes, humor in a debate can erase emotions. It calms the anger of your opponent. But today, the very idea of freedom of speech is protecting the very nature of art itself.

            Art can not be made by a committee. Art can not be made by a democracy. Art needs to remain singular and protected by Freedom of Speech. But today, no one wants to protect freedom of speech. It seems easier to just believe lies the television is telling you. Hey, vegging out on television is easier than reading a book. Some would rather take the Marvel films over Cinema, because they want to be entertained.

            Well, you can’t live off entertainment forever. It’s not bad to be entertained. But at some point, you have to graduate. And protecting freedom of speech is hard. No one wants to let an online argument go. Everyone thinks that’s real life. Think of social media as a honey pot for anger. Freedom of speech though should even protect us in the basis that saying things away from the work place has to exist or everyone will start eating each other up.

            2020 was a prime example. No one wants to fight for freedom of speech because it’s easier to blame people for problems instead of debating them, and putting the emotional left in there place. 

            If we don’t have freedom of speech, that means everyone could be crucified for what they say, as Jesus did for proclaiming he was the Son of God. Today, you would have just blown that person off, not crucify them. 

            Freedom of Speech means protecting those who you don’t like. It’s called being an individual in a mob mentality, on all sides of the spectrum. If no one is allowed to be taboo, no one can exist.

            Whether you are an artist or a regular person, freedom of speech means protecting art, words, images, and things you may not like. You can debate still, and if the other side doesn’t want to hear it, you won the debate. Logic is the key in freedom of speech. Getting rid of hate speech is not suppressing it either.

            Art is meant to let your darker images flow, and putting it down in Art will help you become a better person, and exercising demons in art help you relieve the will to attack people physically and emotionally. Whether through brush, pen, woodwork, all forms of art can help you become better.

            It’s why the left can’t debate because they have no will to create or be individuals, and while you have read many articles where I attack the left, I do benefit from art, images, language, that I find appealing. Most of the artists I read are leftists. I hold no apologies for what I like and dislike. I protect everyone’s freedom of speech because that’s what makes Art so great. 

            Instead of committing violence, writing it down in a story helps you relieve your pain and sorrow. Acting on violence only results in pain and agony. Innocents die because you can’t express yourself or say what you think. Art can help you better, and in art, with such trauma or idiosyncrasy, helps benefit your art and help you develop talent you didn’t think you had in you. Much like art, freedom of speech must be defended too.

            But here’s the whole deal of supporting freedom of speech. It’s sometimes an uneven fight. You may look like an asshole for defending freedom of speech, but those who defended freedom of speech, in the past, will die off, or sell out. You can have varying opinions on things, because people are complex, and being consistent is hard enough. Bernie Sander’s consistent support cf communism meant a deathblow in his chances to be president in 2020. He could have easily won the presidency if he hadn’t praised Fidel Castro. 

            I don’t take away his right to say what he wants. I mean, how could he be rich and support communism, is still a trick I would like to know how to do. I do defend anyone’s right to freedom of speech and sometimes, laughing at things can help you win debates too.

            I bring that up again for a reason. Winning the war on freedom of speech sometimes might not not just take facts, but also in how you deliver your words, and how you can win people over with logic and humor. They can go hand in hand. GK Chesteron is one person who managed to combine humor and philosophy together, with his work the Screwtape Letters. He had to make it interesting to outsiders. CS Lewis and Tolkien did it through story, and fantasy, using metaphors instead of outright theological messages.

            It’s about learning how to win arguments without getting emotional. In the digital world, freedom of speech, when you can’t see someone’s face, the humor and irony is missed with sardonic statements that can be used against people.

            Socrates was killed for his words, because they could use it against him. This is when government did not respect artists or philosophers and saw every means to destroy people and not have free and open discussions.

            America is not a democracy. It is a place where the oppressed search for freedom of speech. A truly open minded person, who cares about freedom of speech, has to let all manner of speech be heard. Or we are living in Communist China where Winnie the Pooh, the dictator of China, Xi Xi Ping, can limit freedom of speech however he wants, because he has a small dick.

            But freedom of speech, as I bring up Socrates, are those who died because they pushed back against the Oracles of his day, and questioned them. It’s easy to pretend that freedom of speech doesn’t matter when you don’t have any morals or principles to back up your lifestyle. 

            If you’re fine with living with limited speech, go there and find out what it means to be censored. Freedom of Speech means living with each other, in peace, and hearing what people have to say.

            Too many have died or been ostracized because they have expressed a different opinion. It’s hard to be better when you are demoralized all the time. America allows you the freedom to not hang around people you dislike. Which is good. You don’t and shouldn’t bother with people who want to commit physical violence, and I believe in self-defense (in both artistic forms, dialogue, and against a physical threat, too, which most countries forsake in order to have the safety of the government protect them, like Britain). 

            Because defending yourself physically is different than arguing with people, but today, both mean the same thing. It’s a dark time when lefties in general don’t care what you think, but if they can’t take a joke or listen to a differing opinion, they can get offline and stay in there bubble. I implore them to instead of committing physical violence against there opponents because you are only proving me right.

            Silence is not violence, and lefties view of “hate speech” is wrong, is false and disingenuous. But the phrase from Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman comes to mind, “What we have is a failure to communicate.” 

            Because communication is the bedrock of all speech, good or bad, and if socially distanced lefties are reading this, and still feel differently, I think you may have come to the wrong article. Art and freedom of speech are intertwined, and it must be fought for with logic and communication.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly, and makes exclusive articles there. Also he can be found on Our Freedom Book https://www.ourfreedombook.com/thereallouistbruno17 His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

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