when he said, "I don't agree with a word you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it." He could have said, "I don't agree with a word you say and you better stop saying it or we will boycott you!" Or he could have said, "I don't agree with anything you say so, die motherfucker!" as he squeezed the trigger of his blunderbuss.
But Voltaire, one of the the great icons of liberalism and tolerance in history, said (and it is worth repeating for those of you are a little more dense than others): I do not agree with a word you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Free speech is the founding principle of any free society. Without free speech, then your personal freedom is restricted. Period.
Some people say, "freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from repercussions". You are so wrong it hurts. Bang your head on the wall until you knock some sense into it. No repercussions is exactly what free speech means, no penalty, no payment, nothing due; because you didn't like, can't tolerate or don't have the courage for my ideas. Free speech means that if you seek to punish me in any way for what I say, then you are an enemy of freedom and therefore an enemy of free thought, free expression and probably hate free beer too!
Anyone who is trying to tell a comedian what they can and cannot say on a stage is trying to control what ideas you can hear. That person is a traitor to the American ideal, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Federation of Planets.
Free Speech, No Apologies
History has shown us that once we start telling people what they can and cannot say, it’s a very short walk down the hall to that room where they are telling people what they can and can not think. That is the room where they are restricting the ideas that are still forming in your head. And then tomorrow, we’ll all have a mandatory gathering around the warm glow of a book burning. Or at least a social media account banning.
Comedians, don’t apologize for your ideas! Real comics tell the truth. We just wrap it in laughter so the masses can swallow it like a bitter pill that suddenly tastes a little sweeter. And after the show they feel a little bit better.
Use Your Balls
or your eggs; but don’t bow down to the bullshit. Say what you want, think what you want. If they can't handle it. Fuck 'em. They should stay home, lock the door and close the blinds.
Where it is safe.
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