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Well yes - this is a plutocracy, and property/wealth trump any notional right to free speech.

In a theocracy religious affiliation (to the Faith of Choice, whichever that happens to be) trumps any notional right to free speech.

In a fascist dictatorship state violence trumps any notional right to free speech.

We're not living in a democracy, so we have limited free speech. Debate is free-ish in the West, but right of assembly certainly isn't.

Basically you can say what you like as long as you don't start influencing policy in any effective way. if there's any danger of that media time is denied and you can continue muttering angrily to yourself as if it makes a difference, as we do here.

But start damaging property and destroying the wealth of important people and you'll soon discover the limits of what's allowed.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 10:23:24 AM EST
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