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So What’s Wrong With Hate Speech Laws?

David578 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 1:48 PM
If it isn't a crime to hate, how can it be a crime to talk about it? The left goes on and on about protecting the right to love whoever you want...well what about hating them. Are we selectively banning emotions now? One more question...Is it the rude language or the meaning? More specifically, would it be a crie to walk up to a gay person and say, "Pardon me sir, I hate you because you do things that I believe to be immoral"?

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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