By Raphael Cohen-Almagor
One of many hazards in any political method is that the foundations that underlie and represent it might, via their software, result in its destruction. Liberal democracy is not any exception. in addition, simply because democracy is comparatively a tender phenomenon, it lacks adventure in facing pitfalls keen on the operating of the procedure - the ‘catch’ of democracy. this can be an interdisciplinary examine concerned about the boundaries of tolerance, this ‘democratic catch’, and the prices of freedom of expression. Rights are high priced, and a person needs to pay for them. we will and may ask in regards to the justification for bearing the prices, weighing them opposed to the harms inflicted upon society because of a large scope of tolerance. whereas spotting that we've got the necessity to show ourselves, we must always additionally inquire in regards to the justifications for tolerating the harmful speech and even if those are weighty adequate. This ebook combines thought and perform, studying problems with competition from philosophical, felony and media views and covers such matters as: media invasion into one’s privateness offensive speech incitement hate speech holocaust denial media insurance of terrorism. This ebook is key examining for someone who has learn pursuits in political idea, extremism, and unfastened speech.
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S. Mill, Utilitarianism, Liberty, and Representative Government, pp. ). 9 J. S. Mill, “Law of libel and liberty of the press”, in G. L. ), John Stuart Mill on Politics and Society, pp. ). 10 R. Cohen-Almagor, “Why tolerate? Reﬂections on the Millian Truth Principle”, Philosophia, 25(1–4) (1997): 131–152. 11 For further discussion, see C. W. Everett, Jeremy Bentham (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966); H. L. A. Hart, Essays on Bentham (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982); J. Dinwiddy, Bentham (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989); R.
European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, EUMC Study on Anti-Discrimination Legislation in EU Member States, Austria (Vienna, 2002), p. int/. 35 J. Weinstein, “Hate speech, viewpoint neutrality, and the American concept of democracy”, in T. R. ), The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in American Democracy (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2001), p. 169. 12 Introduction Netherlands Section 137 of the Criminal Code dictates it is a criminal offense to “deliberately give public expression to views insulting to a group of persons on account of their race, religion or conviction or sexual preference”.
In this context we should understand the ﬂurry of calls to “get rid” of Rabin. The forces working for tolerance and stability apparently were not strong enough to overcome the forces of intolerance and destruction (the “democratic catch”). On the other hand, it was a perfectly conducive environment for the crystallization of Yigal Amir’s beliefs and for the formation of his understanding of the right ways available to him to further his ends, as well as the means designed to forestall the peace process.