As in Germany Since 1945, Should Some “American Free Speech” be Considered Illegal?

I wrote the following a few days before this article, “Free Speech in the Age of YouTube,” appeared in the New York Times.
Deutsch: Eine free speech zone (“Gebiet der freien Rede”) vom Demokratischen Parteitag 2004
English: The First Amendment zone at the 2004 Democratic Nation convention
From Raul654 at en.wikipedia downloaded from here.

In response to this article on a very controversial, but relevant in light of the recent British, German, and American embassy attacks and general rioting in 20 North African and Middle Eastern countries in response to an Islamophobic video, opinion I reflected on this quote of Karl Popper this morning in my devotional.

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.”

-Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies

Quotation from Wikiquote page here.

As in Germany since 1945, should some “Free Speech” be considered illegal? As display of the swastika is illegal in Germany, should Islamophobic speech be made illegal for national and global security purposes? Anthea Butler is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. This article poses the question. Part of me agrees with her. What do you think?

For an interesting perspective on this topic, I suggest reading this article and this article.

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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