Russian dissident: Don’t Overreact to Internet Nazis
Garry Kasparov warns that it would be a mistake for the outrage around Russian and neo-Nazi social-media mischief to result in “a push to legislate away hateful speech, online and off.” At Avast.com, Kasparov, who was born and raised in the Soviet Union, reminds readers of the dangers of regulating hate speech: “Tools created with good intentions today become the building blocks for abuse of power, repression, threats to security and persecution tomorrow.” It’s often better, he writes, to expose odious speech to opposing arguments rather than let it fester in the dark corners of the Internet: “Sometimes the most effective policy is no policy at all, and what is needed is common sense, public debate, and consistent enforcement of existing laws, not giving more power to the government.”
Actuary: ‘Child-Care Deserts’ Are a Made-Up Problem
Are “child-care deserts” — locales with few professional child-care services — as big a problem as liberal groups like the Center for American Progress have been claiming? Not even close, says Elizabeth Bauer at The Federalist. She knocks CAP’s latest report that “more than half of the population in the 22 states they studied” live in such deserts: “They perform their analysis based on census tracts, which dramatically overstates their shortages. In urban areas, census tracts are fairly small, which means one may appear to be a ‘desert’ because it’s entirely a residential area, but be immediately adjacent to multiple day-care centers across the street in a more commercial area.” Plus, parents often use day-care services near their jobs instead of their homes, so a traffic jam or late assignment doesn’t leave the kids stranded.
Historian: NFL Should Lose Its Antitrust Exemption
After a court in 1961 ruled the NFL couldn’t negotiate broadcast rights as a group because of antitrust law, commish Pete Rozelle convinced New York…