The legality of assaulting ideas

Slapper, Gary (2007). The legality of assaulting ideas. The Journal of Criminal Law, 71(4) pp. 279–281.



The most significant thing about anyone's beliefs is that they are just that: beliefs. We inhabit a society comprised of a considerable palate of supposed fundamental truths, many of which are oppositional. Society is organic. It is not inert. It develops, and the best way for it to develop smoothly and peaceably is for all ideas to be subject to rigorous public debate. No set of ideas should enjoy legal prtection from criticism.

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