The Best Weapon Against Hate


David French in the Dallas Morning News:

In more than 20 years of free-speech advocacy on college campuses, I’ve seen virtually every form of ideological argument — particularly conservative ideological arguments — labeled “hate speech.” Yet I’ve never seen a single, coherent definition of the term. I’ve also seen the pernicious effect of hate-speech arguments on young minds. If you label a thought or an idea as hate speech, you don’t have to engage with it. You don’t have to rebut it. You merely have to oppose it.

The result isn’t liberty or safety or even civility. (After all, who would call angry, violent activists civil?) It’s an atmosphere of fear and a culture of ignorance. We’re raising citizens who know what they believe but don’t understand why they believe it. They can label their cultural enemies but often have no idea why they are wrong.

In reality, free speech is the best weapon against hate.

Amen. I know that wasn’t inclusive, but yeah. Amen.

No man has a monopoly on truth, and thus no man should be empowered to silence your ideas. Our nation’s moral renovations are not yet complete. 

Women, too. 

 

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3 Responses to The Best Weapon Against Hate

  1. This Other Latin F*cker says:

    ” If you label a thought or an idea as hate speech, you don’t have to engage with it. You don’t have to rebut it. You merely have to oppose it.”

    This right here is why the left will label anything and everything they oppose as ‘hate’. Even when you could make a good argument on either side of an issue, the left always seems to lead by calling it hate speech or labeling the person as a racist, homophobic, misogynist, or any other slur. My feeling is that they are afraid of losing control of young minds. If they lose the young they have lost the battle. Better not to have the young exposed to ideas that might expose the lunacy of the left.

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  2. onwyrdsdream says:

    “Yet I’ve never seen a single, coherent definition of the term.”

    “any word or phrase that any minority, or women, find offensive in any way, even if the offended party is obviously psychotic, or any argument that arguably affects one or more minorities, or women, and that has a moderately high difficulty to refute.”

    I don’t know if it is single or coherent, but based on usage I can’t see as there is any other meaning but this.

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  3. JorgXMcKie says:

    Thankfully my campus hasn’t succumbed yet. Given the admins we have it won’t surprise me if we do though.

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