If “Freedom of Speech” were about protecting things everyone agrees about, there’d be no need for a law.
For those in any doubt, here’s my point of view on Free Speech vis a vis the thugs and cretins (and the Nazis and White Supremacists that they attack):
- If the “Nazis” are out demonstrating, I’ll join you in demonstrating (peacefully) against them.
- If you want to shut down the Nazis right to express their noxious ideas, exempting their (or anybody’s) *civil speech* from the First Amendment , I’ll be protesting against you – exactly as civilly as you do it.
- If the “Nazis” make a tangible threat of real violence against anyone, I’ll join you on the barricades.
- If you threaten violence against them? I’ll be behind my own barricade, watching you beat the snot out of each other, hoping you both get hurt really bad, glad to be rid of you both.
And if you say “I support free speech, but…” and spell out exceptions for people who aren’t actively inciting real violence (as opposed to displaying charged symbols), then you don’t support free speech. Go away.