Saturday, February 18, 2006

Financial Times columnist opposes laws on Holocaust denial

Christopher Caldwell, writing in today's Financial Times opposes laws outlawing Holocaust denial, mainly on free speech grounds. He also raises the fact that these laws don't work. At the same time he recognizes that, while those western countries which have such laws [e.g. France] must undo them, those who would deny the Holocaust are "violent people of ill will."

I discovered this article while drinking an espresso in a cafe near the Roman Forum. Someone had left a copy of the Financial Times nearby and I picked it up.

Seems like this stuff follows me wherever I go....



Dave said...

Wherever you go, there you are.

I think Lorenz Hart said that. I know "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" did.

Deborah Lipstadt said...

Indeed Dave, so it seems to be...

Given my topic it's a pretty depressing thought.

Dave said...

Well, it's like I often say, history and comedy are the have to be in touch with your roots to be good at either or both.

If you don't know where you came from, or who you are, you don't know where you're going.

Next time someone says there's no future in history, you can quote me on that!