Rip Parker
3 min readJan 15, 2024


Emotion vs. reason: here lies the problem. We are free to lie, so long as our lies do no discernible harm. Lies are generated by self interest, driven by emotion, not reason.

Truth is the companion of the selfless.

It requires the exercise of reason and critical thinking, and willingness to forego personal interest for the benefit of others.

Lies, or any speech, which encourage hatred are not acceptable. They can be presumed to cause harm. Same with lies encouraging violence.

How do we prohibit lies? By enforced court orders, as with a defendant charged with a crime. Anyone not under court supervision is free to lie.

Private suits for slander or libel can be brought, but unless there is actual or the distinct risk of civil damage for an individual, lies fall under First Amendment free speech.

The most common example of limitation of free speech is the admonition of “You can’t shout fire in a crowded theater”. Harm is sure to follow.

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This issue is now prominent regarding the “gag orders” placed on Trump in his criminal courts. The speech targeted by these orders is not protected by the First Amendment.

His restricted speech is that which is calculated to stir hatred and violence, and at least promote disrespect for the court of law, which is contempt of court and an effort to…



Rip Parker

Geophysicist, lawyer, mediator, student of Jung, phenomenology, semiotics