- Capitalism and Alternatives -
Posted by: David ( USA ) on November 07, 1999 at 22:05:22:
In Reply to: Radically Canadian posted by Quincunx on November 05, 1999 at 15:57:12:
: Qx: If you're so against hate-speech laws then try to tell us why they're bad. Most Canadians are familiar with their speech codes but if you respond we can expect some real doozies and this could get fun. The spectacle of you digging your self ito a deeper hole in this debating room may not have reached it's deepest point yet.
It has been 5 years since I lived in Canada so I am not up to date on the recent political actions going on in Ottawa. However, there are a lot more censorship laws out their. A good friend of mine works for the Waterloo Record and one of the laws that I can think of off the top of my head is they are not allowed to publish opinion polls three days before an election in fear of causing "bandwagon mentality" amongst the readers.
In regards to the hate-speech laws, there is a quote by Moliere (or Voltaire, damn I cannot remember which) that basically does like this; "Though my very essence may detest what you have to say, I would lay down my life to defend your right to say it."
I suggest you read the Federalist No. 10 for a good essay by James Madison on factions in a federalist republic.