Is free speech in the US doomed?

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lindsay Marchello

"The problem with conflating 'hate' speech with violence is manifold. For one, hate speech is subjective. Who decides what speech constitutes violence? If the answer is the government, then civil liberties will be in immediate danger, as it stands to reason that the government will crackdown on any speech is deems violent or dangerous. Consider how the government responded to the civil rights movement in the ‘50s and ‘60s. … Another problem with equating words with violence is that it inspires physical violence to counteract it. Force is often justified when the threat of physical harm is imminent, so it stands to reason that force can be used to prevent hateful speech in a world where violence and speech are one and the same." (11/09/17)

https://fee.org/articles/is-free-speech-in-the-us-doomed/