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I actually think his stance (as evidenced by the quotes supplied here, and assuming that those quotes are reasonably representative) to be fairly coherent.

He seems in favour of using hate speech laws to prosecute people who push racism and certain particularly egregious variants of historical revisionism, but he is not in favour of applying the same laws to cover cases in which the speech is merely offencive. That is an entirely coherent view.

And, I might add, a view that goes quite a bit farther than I favour myself; I don't think it's prudent to punish people for speech that isn't directly threatening or inciting to violence. Shutting up holocaust deniers sets a precedent that might very well be brought to bear on anarchist agitators as well, and I would not want to see those put behind bars. For a variety of reasons.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Apr 7th, 2008 at 03:34:48 PM EST
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