Hate by Nadine Strossen


We live in an era in which offensive speech is on the rise. The emergence of the alt-right alone has fueled a marked increase in racist and anti-Semitic speech. Given its potential for harm, should this speech be banned? Nadine Strossen's HATE dispels the many misunderstandings that have clouded the perpetual debates about "hate speech vs. free speech." She argues that an expansive approach to the First Amendment is most effective at promoting de...

Details Hate

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Law, Philosophy

Reviews Hate

  • Mary Thompson
    This book does a great job of articulating the reasons why laws limiting free speech are harmful, especially for those groups such laws are meant to protect, and also why they are ineffective at preventing harm. Anyone who has considered advocating for stricter limits on speech in the United States should read it. I was disappointed that the book did not contain any notes. The author mentions case after case without a single citation. This flaw s...
  • Apar Gupta
    We live in interesting times. Mimicking the architecture of our great cities many yearn for men of steel and stone. Those who can provide us with loud answers to our search for comfort and modernity. Such authoritarian yearnings often call upon decisiveness, but their course is routinely divisive. Such paths often see the rise of authoritarian leaders who voice and endorse speech considered dangerous to a multi-cultural society. At this point, Na...
  • Linda
    So refreshing to hear this voice of reason. I'm coming off 25 years in higher education and am appalled by First Amendment violations and calls for "hate speech" laws and speech "codes." The Constitution's definitions and limitations on speech are appropriate and ENOUGH. The point of this book is to argue that MORE speech, COUNTER speech, and other more meaningful discussions and education are the best ways to eradicate or at least curb racist an...
  • Zack
    Goodreads Giveaway - What is the optimal way to counteract "hate speech"? Censorship? Legal action? Violence? Or more speech? Nadine Strossen (former director of the ACLU) makes a strong argument that it is the later - the best option for addressing constitutionally protected "hate speech" is more speech. Through numerous examples, from both the United States and abroad, she argues that laws, regulations, and policies designed to limit "hate spee...
  • Tiffany Guthrie
    It was nice to switch up my reads for a while, and read something other than the typical fiction. I think this book focuses on something that I believe we have all noticed get worst and worst in the current world. The author does a great job of getting to the point and explaining why.This is not a quick read, but definitely something worth picking up.
  • Patrick Carpenter
    Now as ever it behooves us to understand what tools we have to defend human rights and democratic institutions. This book makes the clear case that not only must we not sacrifice the latter for the former, but so doing leaves us all worse off, especially the disadvantaged groups censorship laws seek to aid. A worthwhile read I recommend to anyone.
  • Faith 09
    Very intelligent argument for free speech. It really put things into perspective.
  • Andrew
    Filled with countless examples of hate speech legislation that hurt the very people it was meant to protect. If you truly care about discrimination, let hate die in sunlight. It's its worst enemy.