Rhetoric v. Rhetoric

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  1. Yes, but I’d phrase it slightly differently.

    People usually think of free speech as a civil right. So the civil-rights rhetoric is designed to neutralize that, by coming up with a counter-right to override free speech, in the same “dimensions”.

    Think of it as a liberal version of the conservative law-and-order rhetoric of “A criminal’s civil-rights? What about _my_ civil-rights to walk in safety?”.

  2. Orin Kerr says:


    Yes, that seems about right.