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Judith Butler Overestimates the Power of Hateful Speech

In remarks at Berkeley, the professor suggested the need for greater limits on free expression.
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Judith Butler worries that UC Berkeley risks dire consequences if it fails to put more limits on the sorts of speech and free expression that it allows on campus.

In remarks to a campus forum, “,” she argued against “free speech absolutists.” For instance, she believes incitements to violence should be protected by the First Amendment. Of course, that view reflects longstanding law and is shared by the Federalist Society, the ACLU, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and the vast majority of Americans, including most staunch free-speech

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