We have a so called ‘free speech’.
However the media make so much noise, we are drowned out.
The magnitude of corporate media is so large that it drowns out individual voices.
We have free speech but no voice.
Banner waving is almost the only desperate measure left and that is crushed by militarized police persuaded to treat it as civil disobedience.
The banner wavers are then denigrated by the media.
And to finish us off, if we say something the ruling class don’t like we get slammed with libel or a myriad of laws designed to make almost anything illegal.
And to fight the libel or laws, we need a bucket full of money to get through the court system.
And to fight the court system is punishment in itself even if proven innocent.