In Defense of Group-Libel Laws, or Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Nazis
32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009
Date Written: 1984-1985
The author discusses group libel laws, and the underlying problems when free speech is used as a defense by those who would defame specific racial or ethnic groups and/or minorities. The topic is further explained in reference to various state laws, and the subsequent court cases extant at the time of the article's writing which defined the issue in terms of law. References are also made to such laws in countries other than the United States for the sake of comparison.
Keywords: group libel laws, hate speech, Nazis, Holocaust, racism, racial defamation, First Amendment
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49, J71, J78, J79
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