The Misconceived Search for the Meaning of 'Speech' in Freedom of Speech
7 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 19, 2014
In this (very) short essay, I establish these points: All speech is symbolic; any conduct can be used to communicate a message (i.e., symbolically); government’s purpose in regulating, and not a speaker’s intention to communicate, defines the realm of freedom of expression; and determining the value of speech has a denominator problem.
Keywords: speech, conduct, symbols, purpose, value
JEL Classification: K10, K00
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