Now don't misunderstand me. Canada is a civilized country, and so the fact that Canada takes seriously the post-WWII European consensus--namely, that naked bigotry, religiously motivated or otherwise, is a danger to humanity--makes perfect sense. But the U.S. is different. In the U.S. I much prefer our more-or-less "libertarian" regime governing speech, and for reasons Fred Schauer pegged two decades ago in his book on the subject: not because the "marketplace" of ideas, such as it is, will yield the truth, or because speech doesn't "harm" people (it does, all the time), but rather because there is no reason to have confidence that the agents of the state in America will exercise their regulatory powers in the service of human well-being and enlightenment.
Sammála, nema að ég deili ekki þeirri barnalegu trú Leiters að önnur ríki -- t.a.m. evrópuríkin og Kanada -- fari betur með slíkt vald heldur en Bandaríkin myndu gera. [Á Íslandi er t.a.m. ólöglegt að tjá sig á jákvæðan hátt opinberlega um tóbaksneyslu.]