Sunday, April 27, 2014

On Thought Crime Penalties

The big news is that the Los Angeles Clippers owner, Democratic donor,  and one percenter Donald Sterling was taped making racist comments. And everyone is calling for his head. Not that they shouldn't.

That said, I do wonder what the appropriate penalty should be for this and other thought crimes. And does it matter what group it is that you don't like?

A little thought experiment. Suppose instead of blacks, it was gays that Sterling didn't like. What then? How about Muslims? Suppose he just didn't like Christians? What about Democrats? Republicans?

Why is it that not liking blacks or gays is an unforgivable sin while disparaging Christians or Republicans would not likely even be newsworthy?

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