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Author Strossen, Nadine, author.

Title Hate : why we should resist it with free speech, not censorship / Nadine Strossen.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    342.7308 STR    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xxv, 199 pages ; 22 cm.
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Series Inalienable rights series
Inalienable rights series.
Note Includes index.
Summary 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 these laws give them to suppress vital expression and target minority viewpoints, as was the case in earlier periods of U.S. history. The solution instead, as Strossen shows, is to promote equality and societal harmony through the increasingly vibrant "counterspeech" activism that has been flourishing on U.S. college campuses and in some global human rights movements. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Hate speech -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Freedom of speech -- United States.
ISBN 9780190859121 hardcover $24.95
0190859121 hardcover $24.95

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