15th February 2014
Noam Chomsky describes how freedom of speech in USA has been INCREASING through activism.
Noam Chomsky has written some excellent work on freedom of speech, e.g.
“People have the right of freedom and expression whatever their views, that the importance of defending these rights is all the greater when the person expresses views that are abhorrent to virtually everyone. I do defend the right of Faurisson to publish falsehoods, as I defend the right of anyone else to do so, including Professor Smokler. ” [Noam Chomsk, September 1985, Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) Letter to the editor written in response to a letter commenting on a nationally-syndicated column by Nat Hentoff]
"If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don't like. Stalin and Hitler, for example, were dictators in favor of freedom of speech for views they liked only. If you're in favor of freedom of speech, that means you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.” [Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, 1992]
Here he is describing the evolution of freedom of speech in the USA. Only from the 1960s did MAJOR Supreme Court judgements defending liberty of speech start coming out. Like I've described in DOF, the interpretations of ancient documents are increasingly being re-invented, in favour of greater liberty.
In regard to freedom of speech, the USA remains the current world leader.