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So What’s Wrong With Hate Speech Laws?

ZealousConscript Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 9:42 AM
Simpy by writing the article Mr. Bull acknowledges that hate speech is a thing. He's only defending your right to say it. What are your standards for racist and hateful speech? That line is pretty subjective, which is why we can't ban that speech.

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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