This is a thread to discuss the limits of free speech, both legal and moral, the consequences, both legal and social, and the best way to fight hate speech. I ask that everyone acknowledge that we all oppose hate speech, but we sometimes differ on what we see as the best way to fight it.
There will also inevitably be some disagreement on what constitutes a threat under current laws in various countries, and what practically constitutes a material threat irrespective of laws. I ask that everyone recognize that we live in different countries with different cultures and different legal approaches, none of which are perfect or have been flawlessly implemented, and to please be respectful of cultural and legal differences. For example, please do not flame each other over the substantial differences between Germany and the US, legal or historical, though politely discussing the utility of the differing legal regimes is fair game.
I’m making this thread because I don’t want this discussion to take over the Charlottesville thread.