James Loeffler is Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia. His books include The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire and Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century. Loeffler’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Tablet, Mosaic, Haaretz, The New Republic, The Hedgehog Review, Time, and Slate. His article “An Abandoned Weapon in the Fight Against Hate Speech” is linked below.
Quote: “Yet even though the courts deemed group libel a legitimate way to stop hate speech without violating the First Amendment, over time American Jewish civil-rights groups edged away from their own achievement. Instead, they began to focus on the First Amendment as the ultimate counter-majoritarian instrument of self-defense against hatred. Exposing extremism would suffice to stop its spread.”
Sources: JamesLoeffler.com, The Atlantic
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