Reason and FIRE invite you to Kindly Inquisitors: A 20th Anniversary Celebration
Featuring author Jonathan Rauch, interviewed by John Tierney
In 1993, when Jonathan Rauch's landmark book Kindly Inquisitors was first published, the idea that minorities need special protection from discriminatory or demeaning speech was innovative.
Today, it's standard operating procedure--routinely enforced by universities, employers, foreign governments, and even international treaties. In a newly expanded electronic edition of his book, Rauch, an openly gay advocate of same-sex marriage and of gay equality generally, argues that suppressing hateful speech does minorities more harm than good, and that the gay civil rights movement of the past two decades dramatically illustrates the point.
Join us as the author explains why gays and other minorities are better off if government protects bigoted speech than if government protects them from it.
Jonathan Rauch, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, is the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing editor of National Journal and The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, he published Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul, a memoir of his struggle with his sexuality, brought out as an ebook from The Atlantic Books. His previous book was Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, published in 2004 by Times Books (Henry Holt). Although much of his writing has been on public policy, he has also written on topics as widely varied as adultery, agriculture, economics, gay marriage, height discrimination, biological rhythms, number inflation, and animal rights. In addition to his prolific writing, he has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs. He does not like shrimp.