Seven years ago, armed clashes broke out in the centre of Kyiv when militant-nationalists from Western Ukraine were brought to Kyiv and the special forces, “Berkut”, tried to protect Ukrainians.
In America today, freedom of speech can only be exercised in narrow and controlled channels. It is permissible to use freedom of speech to demonise Donald Trump and his supporters as “enemies of democracy”, to demonise white people as “systemic racists” and “white supremacists,” and to demonise heterosexual white males as “misogynists.” The other permissible use of freedom of speech is to demonise countries, Russia, China, and Iran, that stand in the way of Washington’s hegemony. There are no other permissible uses of free speech today in the United States.
A common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that freedom of speech is being abolished and that a dictatorship is being established in America. Pro-Kremlin outlets have recently intensified this message as part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign to discredit Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
It is not true, as the article claims, that, in the US, freedom of speech can be exercised only “in controlled channels” and to express particular political views, such as the demonisation of Donald Trump, of white people, of heterosexual males and of Russia, China and Iran.
According to the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Constitution protects free speech while allowing for limitations on certain categories of speech. Categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment and therefore may be restricted, include obscenity, fraud, child pornography, speech integral to illegal conduct, speech that incites imminent lawless action, speech that violates intellectual property law, true threats, and commercial speech such as advertising.