Fragility’s Triumph

In his Law & Liberty essay, the good doctor warns us of the potential dangers of hate-speech laws by using the example of the drawn-out legal saga of a Frenchman who dared to publicly critique the lack of integration of Muslims in France.

The concept of hate-crime originated in, panders to, and exacerbates this psychological fragility. It gives rise to a competitive victimhood: my suffering is greater than yours. Even the most privileged can feel victimised, and indeed feel the need to feel victimised, for only thus is he or she able to disguise his or her good fortune.

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