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Po-Mo Seditious Libel

Eugene Volokh sheds light on the doings of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center:


Types of Hate Speech

We identified four types of speech that, through negative statements, create a climate of hate and prejudice: (1) false facts [including "simple falsehoods, exaggerated statements, or decontextualized facts [that] rendered the statements misleading"], (2) flawed argumentation, (3) divisive language, and (4) dehumanizing metaphors.

For those who have not studied 1798 in a while.

Seditious Libel:


a criminal offence under English common law. Sedition is the offence of speaking seditious words with seditious intent: if the statement is in writing or some other permanent form it is seditious libel. A statement is seditious if it "brings into hatred or contempt" the Queen or her heirs, or the government and constitution, or either House of Parliament, or the administration of justice, or if it incites people to attempt to change any matter of Church or State established by law (except by lawful means), or if it promotes discontent among or hostility between British subjects. A person is only guilty of the offence if they intend any of the above outcomes. Proving that the statement is true is not a defence. It is punishable with life imprisonment.

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Wikipedia: "The United States of America's Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 broke with the common law precedent of the time, in that it allowed for truth as a defence, though judges were not consistent in their rulings."

1.) False facts: "We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent."


2.) Flawed argumentation: "With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlán."

3.)Divisive language: "Atzlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans." "brutal "gringo, the foreigner "gabacho" who exploits our riches and destroys our culture."

4.) Dehumanizing metaphor: "For La Raza to do. Fuera de La Raza nada"--"For the Race everything, For those outside the Race, nothing".

"Hate Crime"? Check, check, check and check.

That's an important point, and is one which good teachers always mention when teaching the story of the Alien and Sedition Acts. The Chicano studies people at UCLA, however, follow the English standard.

More proof that the race is not always to the swift?

The La Raza stuff looks like what happended in the 1970's with extreme Islam. These people are having these ideas seeded with the hope that some of them choose to do something about it. Eventually we may have terror like groups of Mestizos bombing parts of Los Angeles or Dallas. Then comes more police state to keep us safe. Who needs a pilgrimage, the holy land is coming to us.

Most Mexicans don't believe that crap. But the Chicano Studies crowd does. My point is this: I hear stuff I disagree with all the time--yet I never think "Hey--let's outlaw that!"

But that is the first thing that occurs to these Academics of Anger. They want to make disagreeing with them a hate crime. But by their own standards, they sound like Hitler with a sombrero.

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