Wednesday, April 11, 2018

George Lakoff: Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech

George Lakoff is a gift--a gift!--to my critical thinking classes, that is.
   Sadly, however, I must report that this is hate speech. Posts like this can make people like me so mad that they might continue to fume about them on my way to campus, and they might inattentively trip and fall and that can do physical harm. Even if they don't trip, the internal neural violence you do to them can do more damage than a fist. Or, who knows? Maybe even an orange or some other fruit or foodstuff thrown by someone with the wrong politics.
   Honestly, academia is filled with people educated beyond the limits of their intelligence. On top of that, it's filled with people who put their crackpot totalitarian ideologies over an interest in truth.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pete Mack said...

At what point does hate speech (which is protected) cross the line to incitement (which isn't?)

This is an important question. Too bad Lackoff doesn't answer it.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous c0vek said...

"imminent lawless action" is the answer we're looking for here (Brandenburg v Ohio)

10:10 PM  

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