What’s Wrong With Counter Speech?

Demonstrations in Berkeley spurred by the planned visit of Milo Yiannopoulos. Photo by Jo Parks (Creative Commons Licence: Attribution Non-commercial)

Using my statement to the Bookseller as a springboard, Ruth Coustick-Deal writes an interesting and challenging piece on counter-speech, and why it doesn’t solve the problem of hate speech in the way that free speech advocates assume.

Certain paragraphs that stood out for me, as particular challenges for free speech advocates.  We need to have answers to these points, and address them in our own responses to controversial speech. Continue reading “What’s Wrong With Counter Speech?”