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July 28, 2012



We're all very aware that "hate speech" is hurtful, even damaging. But giving any government the power to censor based on such subjective criteria is an invitation to tyranny. The cure is far worse than the disease.

orlando seo

But providing any govt the energy to censor depending on such very subjective requirements is an party invitation to tyranny. The treat is far more intense than the condition.


Far from protecting groups "lower down in the hierarchy", Hate Speech laws in England have clearly disadvantaged the working classes, disproportionately. They as a group have traditionally earned their living by their physical labour and not with their linguistic skills. In contrast, the middle-classes (or polite society) earn their living by developing the speech of masked communication - where uncomfortable truths are discouraged, skated around, and mealy-mouthed communication is fostered instead.

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