January 29, 2019

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Should We Be Free to Hate? A Talk With Nadine Strossen & Paul Coleman

New York Law School, Room W400, New York, NY

In the era of Trump and the Resistance, hate is considered more than an emotion; it is considered a problem. We are told it fuels divisions, psychologically damages its targets and perhaps even promotes violence. Is there any truth to this? After all, what one person deems a hateful attitude, another might see as a passionately held belief. Is it important to be free to express what we believe, even if others might experience it as hatred? Should we really be talking about outlawing and regulating people's passions at all? Or is there too much at stake? Do people not deserve the protection of the law? Should we, in short, be free to hate?

Spiked US and the New York Law School chapter of the progressive American Constitution Society have put together a panel of free speech experts to explore whether we ought to have the liberty to loathe. But because our panelists hold deeply conflicting positions on such divisive issues as homosexuality and abortion, this event will truly explore our mutual hatreds, and whether it is possible to tolerate views we find personally objectionable.


New York Law School, Room W400

185 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013