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So What’s Wrong With Hate Speech Laws?

buxton Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 4:41 AM
if we really just wanted to stop people saying hateful things then we could start by banning that hate-filled book the Koran that tells Muslims that Christians and Jews are infidels that must be subjugated, persecuted, taxed, driven out of existence or just beheaded otherwise we could just eliminate freedom of speech as BO is a practicing Muslim it seems the latter is the only possibility

Any serious discussion of “hate speech” laws should start with a consideration of George Orwell’s prophetic look into the future—specifically the book Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Recall that in Orwell’s book, Big Brother sought to control not only all thoughts but also to language used to form thoughts. To that end, he created the language of “Newspeak,” described as “the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year.”

In a separate essay, Orwell explained that Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar.

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