This man is an intellectual giant.
Read every single word.
"The First Amendment to the Constitution instead was designed to
protect the obnoxious, the provocative, the uncouth, and the creepy — on
the principle that if the foulmouths can say or express what they wish
and the public can put up with it, then everyone else is assured of free
"Every time the West has forgotten that fact — from putting on trial
cranky Socrates or incendiary Jesus to routinely burning books in the
Third Reich — we have come to regret what followed. Censorship, of
course, is never branded as extreme and dangerous, but rather as a
moderate and helpful means to curb the hate speech of a bald, barefooted
crank philosopher who pollutes young minds and introduces wacky and
dangerous cults, or a hatemonger who whips innocent people in front of a
temple in between his faked and hokey miracles, or traitorous Jews who
scribble and call their first-grade art the equivalent of Rembrandt or
their perverted sexual fantasies the stuff of Hegel."
expression is never presented as provocative, but always the final act
of an aggrieved and understandably provoked society."