Counterspell

Often people who attend a public event or rally are disruptive and shout out a protest message.  In all cases these people are booed or shouted down and the event resumes peacefully after a few minutes.  There is no need to punish or criminalize such behavior.  In fact it is protected free speech just like the speaker the people came to see.  The people who disrupted Trump’s rallies will be remembered as heroes and the Shakespeare in the Park disrupters only served to vindicate the performance.  Yes they disrupted the event for other listeners, but just boo them or drag them out if necessary.  Arresting or punishing these people will only radicalize them and their followers and create a vicious cycle of disruption and violence leading to witch hunts and wars. Continue reading Counterspell

The Incitement Fallacy

The Incitement Fallacy is that free speech incites violence and so must be regulated.  However, the truth is that the failure to condemn incitement is what leads to violence.  For example, Hitler succeeded not because he was a brilliant speaker, but because no one challenged him.  Why not?  Because people expected their government to control people like him.  In fact, top Nazi propagandists were prosecuted under Weimar ‘blasphemy’ laws originally intended to protect the Jews from the ‘blood libel’.  So Jews were mostly silent as the Nazis were radicalized while sitting in prison, and then as they rose to power.  The rest is history.

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