Entertaining Satan: Why We Tolerate Terrorist Incitement

10 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2017 Last revised: 19 Nov 2017

Date Written: November 15, 2017


Recently proposed restrictions of terrorist incitement, beyond what is already unprotected, are unworkable. The law cannot reach internet speech that originates overseas, and restrictions on reading such material cannot give readers adequate notice of what is banned. There is also value in permitting readers to expose themselves even to evil and destructive views. When people are treated as adults, they may make bad choices, but free people have to be permitted to contemplate such choices.

Keywords: Free Speech, Terrorism, Incitement, Eric Posner, Cass Sunstein

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Koppelman, Andrew M., Entertaining Satan: Why We Tolerate Terrorist Incitement (November 15, 2017). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 2, 2017, Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 17-25, Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 17-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3071949

Andrew M. Koppelman (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

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