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Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship

We live in an era in which offensive speech is on the rise. The emergence of the alt-right alone has fueled a marked increase in racist and anti-Semitic speech. Given its potential for harm, should this speech be banned? Nadine Strossen's HATE dispels the many misunderstandings that have clouded the perpetual debates about "hate speech vs. free speech." She argues that an expansive approach to the First Amendment is most effective at promoting democracy, equality, and societal harmony.Proponents of anti-hate speech laws stress the harms that they fear such speech might lead to: discrimination, violence, and psychic injuries. However, there has been no rigorous analysis to date of whether the laws effectively counter the feared harms. This book fills that gap, examining our actual experience with such laws. It shows that they are not effective in reducing the feared harms, and worse yet, are likely counterproductive. Even in established democracies, enforcement officials use the power t...

Title : Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship
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ISBN : 9780190859121
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 232 pages
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Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship Reviews

  • Andrew

    Filled with countless examples of hate speech legislation that hurt the very people it was meant to protect. If you truly care about discrimination, let hate die in sunlight. It's its worst enemy.

  • Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.