Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (Inalienable Rights) (Paperback)

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The updated paperback edition of HATE dispels misunderstandings plaguing our perennial debates about hate speech vs. free speech, showing that the First Amendment approach promotes free speech and democracy, equality, and societal harmony. As hate speech has no generally accepted
definition, we hear many incorrect assumptions that it is either absolutely unprotected or absolutely protected from censorship. Rather, U.S. law allows government to punish hateful or discriminatory speech in specific contexts when it directly causes imminent serious harm. Yet, government may not
punish such speech solely because its message is disfavored, disturbing, or vaguely feared to possibly contribute to some future harm. Hate speech censorship proponents stress the potential harms such speech might further: discrimination, violence, and psychic injuries. However, there has been
little analysis of whether censorship effectively counters the feared injuries. Citing evidence from many countries, this book shows that hate speech are at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive. Therefore, prominent social justice advocates worldwide maintain that the best way to resist
hate and promote equality is not censorship, but rather, vigorous counterspeech and activism.

About the Author


New York Law School professor Nadine Strossen, the immediate past President of the American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008), is a leading expert and frequent speaker/media commentator on constitutional law and civil liberties, who has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. She serves onthe advisory boards of the ACLU, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and Heterodox Academy. The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of America's 100 Most Influential Lawyers, and several other national publications have named her oneof the country's most influential women. HATE was selected by Washington University as its 2019 Common Read.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780190089009
ISBN-10: 0190089008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Inalienable Rights