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>> "I struggle to empathize with the sorts of folks negatively impacted by hate speech laws..."

That's only because your pet ideology (whatever it is, I have no idea who you are or what your politics are) hasn't yet been criminalized as hate speech.

Recall that there's no objective definition of "hate speech," and in practice the definition will always be tuned by the loudest faction as a weapon against its enemies.




Are you saying that places that prohibit "hate speech" have only generic laws or that there isn't one definition that is internationally valid?

Because if it's the first, I suggest you look again, and if it's the later, I don't see how it is relevant.


I mean that there exists no classifier which consumes as input arbitrary speech, and emits as output a foolproof classification of "hate" or "not hate."

Therefore humans are required to emulate that classifier. Perhaps we call them "judges" or "arbitration panels" or whatever, the name doesn't matter.

My point is that politics will guide the emulation of the classifier, such that it emits results favorable to the loud faction and unfavorable to that faction's enemies.


> I mean that there exists no classifier which consumes as input arbitrary speech, and emits as output a foolproof classification of "hate" or "not hate."

So, that's like every other criminal law ever created.

I do agree this is something bad (for Law in general). But it does not lead to your point that the definition will increase unexpectedly in scope.




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