Yelling Fire In A Crowded Theatre

The usurpers of individual freedom and sovereignty have coined a phrase which they use quite often to claim our rights have limitations: “You can’t yell fire in a crowded theatre.”

To that I say, “Yes, I can…if there’s a fire.”

I will concede the point that rights do have restrictions in a free society is valid , but not often in the context used by those who put forth the notion. The criteria of limitation is set by the encroachment of one right upon another. Stating you cannot yell fire in a crowded theatre only remains valid if there is no fire because in doing so you are encroaching on the rights of others to enjoy their entertainment. Conversely, if there is a fire and you verbosely utter its presence you would be met with appreciation and thanks and would not have stepped across the line of encroachment.

Our natural rights within a civil society are compromised to some extent by default. We must accept some infringement on the natural state of our liberty where our rights may infringe on others. This is the basis for law and all reasonable restrictions on our rights. What we must never accept, however, are restrictions based on the faulty premise of safety and protection from what may occur. When we enter this territory we lay liberty upon a sacrificial altar and entomb justice in a grave of conceit.

The road to tyranny is often paved with the good intentions of well meaning people trying to protect us from ourselves when they should be more worried about protecting themselves from the rogue power of a government not bound by strict constitutional limitations.

No man’s freedom should be taken for the potential risk of what may happen or what might occur. If an act or a purported act in itself is not criminal by nature then there is no justification for a seizure upon the freedom of the individual.

Unfortunately , we now live in a world where a free man is a criminal if he steps across imaginary borders set by the whim of policy instead of the immovable standard of just law set in accordance with true violations of the rights of others. Crime has become a matter of happenstance. We have so many laws that no one could possibly know if any random action is or might be a crime.

Most of us just try to get by and follow the rules and if one of us happens to find themselves on the wrong side of that imaginary line we look the other way and pat ourselves on the back for being such good, law abiding citizens when the reality we fail to see is that we are nothing more than slaves within the confines of a prison where our warden has not chosen to punish our actions.

American justice is a fleeting thought replaced by Machiavellian politics and a system by which the illusion of freedom exists in the stead of true liberty and freedom.

My friends, we are at a tipping point in our nation’s history. We can choose our gilded prison and ignore the warning signs or we can retake what is rightfully ours as sovereigns. However, if we choose not to act the comfortable cage will one day turn to a rotten cell that offers no illusion, just the cold reality of a dead dream and a wasted life.

Take what is yours and never let anyone convince you it is a crime to be free.

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4 Responses to Yelling Fire In A Crowded Theatre

  1. John says:

    You can also yell fire in a crowded theater even if there is no fire… and the yelling of “fire” should not be illegal. Fraud on the other hand is illegal. If you commit fraud and people get hurt because of your fraud, you should be tried on the fraud, not the speech. This is a red herring and should be pointed out as one. This isn’t a free speech issue, nor has it ever been one. When people frame this as a free speech issue, they do so in order to justify some other restriction on free speech they’re trying to enact. Never trust a person when they use this argument because it is always followed by some usurpation of our liberty.

    • Austin says:

      Except that is and the founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson said that natural rights DO have limits within law. That said also the supreme court decided free speech DOES have limitations after a nimrod used a free speech defense to yell fire in a crowded building where there was no fire resulting in injuries and DEATH. This article is heavily biased? Interrupting people’s right to enjoy their entertainment? How about their lives i.e. some died from this incident.

  2. John says:

    Also, if you yell fire in a theater, and it only annoys people, not injures them, the theater owner can boot you off of his private property (property rights) and you must obey or you can be arrested for trespassing. Free speech is unlimited, but you must be ready to accept the consequences of that speech. Depending on who you say it to, and in the context and manor, saying: “I’m going to kill you!” has very different meanings if said by one friend to another when the subject of a prank, vs said from one stranger to another when in a heated argument or in a fist fight. Either way, all speech is to remain free, or any excuse can be used to restrict in on the basis that it could “hurt” someone eventually.

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