June 03, 2001
"I prefer not to"
Paul Ford has a copy of Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, illustrated with photos of present-day Wall St. on his ftrain.com.
There is no such thing as free speech (an interview with Stanley Fish) is well worth reading twice.
Once you realise that racists don't think of themselves as racists but as tellers of the truth, then you realise that hate speech or racist speech as we designate it is not an anomaly, is not a cognitive mistake, is not a correctable error, is not something that can be diagnosed and therefore cured, but is in fact the rationality and truth telling of a vision we happen to despise.