AIF Blog

Resisting Hate Speech with Free Speech

Jan 29, 2019
CATEGORY: U.S.A., Society
Nadine Strossen, professor at New York Law School, talks about using free speech to combat hate speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She was interviewed by Conor Friedersdorf, founding editor of The Best of Journalism.
Should rules govern demeaning, disparaging, and degrading speech directed at certain groups? How can we resist hate while protecting free speech? Nadine Strossen, longtime president of the ACLU, says hate speech, as painful as it may be, is justifiably protected. Instead of censoring hate speech, she advocates fighting it with free speech. In her conversation with Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer for The Atlantic, she dispels the idea that censorship effectively counters the impacts of hate speech. Strossen is the author of HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship.
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