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A new argument for hate-speech laws? Um … no

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[This is one of the very few areas where I agree with Stephen Harper; he moved to eliminate hate speech as a crime. *RON*]

BY JONATHAN RAUCH (BROOKINGS)

February 4 at 8:33 am


You know, it’s actually kind of refreshing to read a good old-fashioned listener’s-veto critique of the First Amendment. Like sleeve garters, this is not something we see much of anymore. In a recent Daily Beast article, Thane Rosenbaum of Fordham Law School points out that hate speech and the like can cause serious pain and suffering. From there he jumps to the conclusion that such speech should be restricted. “Free speech should not stand in the way of common decency.”