Cesar Sayoc and Free Will

Can words spoken or tweeted by Donald Trump incite violence?

In the current Bizarro world of American politics words are no different than pipe bombs. 

The decision of an individual to kill has nothing to do with words spoken or written by other people. When an individual commits a violent act, that individual alone is responsible. 

As president, Trump has the ability to influence millions of people. However, listeners are responsible for their subjective processing of his words and how they react to them. There is no such thing as incitement. The individual decides if he or she will act on the words of others. It’s called free will. 

I believe the rising hysteria to curtail political speech will put a new emphasis on the campaign to deplatform alternative media. 

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3 thoughts on “Cesar Sayoc and Free Will

  1. Simone should ask Max!

    Jun 26, 2018 Maxine Waters triples down on call to harass Trump officials

    Republican strategist Ford O’ Connell and Democratic strategist Kelly Grace Gibson on how Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is tripling down on her call for people to harass President Trump’s administration.


  2. There is such a thing as incitement. Politics and propaganda rely heavily on deception and incitement to influence the choices people make. They generally don’t think critically or analyze for themselves, and their so-called “free will” choices are easily manipulated.

    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

    — Edward Bernays, assistant to CBS founder and CFR member William Paley, from his book “Propaganda”, 1928


    Saturday Morning Report: Here are some important stories that slipped under our radar while we were distracted with this past week’s fake mail package hoax news.


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