Lƒ¼leburgaz for In order to be heard, others must, at least temporarily, restrict their own freedom to speak. As Montesquieu writes, liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would be no longer possessed of liberty, because all his fellow-citizens would have the same power.28 We often think of liberty as the ability to flout rules, as the right to do whatever one cares to do, heedless of others. Yet such abstract liberty has little political merit or application because it is impossible for a people to share. Freedom of speech, like all freedoms, can be misused. Liberty is a potentially dangerous thing. Since the time of Plato political theorists have taken on the task of determining exactly how much liberty is beneficial, and when, how, and where it should be limited. Lƒ¼leburgaz 2016.