English III IB
Freedom of expression: A natural right.
“We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.” (Voltaire, 1764)
Each human has natural rights, from which laws are derived. It is considered that the freedom of speech, language, opinion, press and expression are part of these natural rights. As such, it is stated in laws across the world, such as the First Amendment of the United States of America, that people's right to freedom of religion and expression is protected from government interference. Due to this fact, most people constantly underestimate the value of language. However, because of its great importance, individuals should appreciate it more as it is the way through which we can relate amongst each other as well as communicate our needs, wants and queries. Nonetheless, traditional laws that set boundaries to what can be freely said or published exist. These same boundaries have been taken to an extreme in certain periods of the evolution of society and its history. There have been governments that do not respect their community’s rights, making the society seek for a solution to transmit their personal opinions and be able to express themselves with people from diverse places.
Recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger was strongly criticized the time he decided to propose a new law that was based upon a ‘racist’ idea. It was to be assumed that the law deteriorated the freedom of language of the state in this case, because of the nature of the proposal. He was asking to make English the one and only official language in California and did not approved Spanish or any other variation of English. Even when he was the governor of the state, the sponsors of his campaign recriminated because of the racism and censorship the new proposal had in its content, and the worst of everything, was its contradiction against the constitution of the United States of America.
The USA’s constitution clearly...