Demagogue : Criminalizing Political Extremism For The Good Of Civil Society

“Freedom of expression and freedom of speech is fine, but not if its hateful hyperbole aimed at society, its institutions and its elected officials.”

While I think this is a sound idea, I also think that, in a divided country like the U.S., this kind of law might leave too much room for interpretation. For instance, say the Republicans designate something as a harmful hyperbole that should be grounds for an arrest. The Democrats might respond by saying it’s legitimate criticism of government policy, and should therefore not justify any arrest. I do, however, agree about the non-absolute nature of freedom of speech. Just like any freedom, it stops where the others’ begin.

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