Magazine article The American Conservative

We Hold These Truths

Magazine article The American Conservative

We Hold These Truths

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[LIBERTIES]

There isn't much novel to say about an Austrian court's sentencing of British historian David Irving to three years in prison for violating a law against denying or minimizing the Holocaust. Virtually every soul who has published an opinion on it, from Deborah Lipstadt-who six years ago won a libel suit against Irving in a London court-on, thinks it wrong to imprison a man for expressing opinions.

By jailing Irving, Austria reveals the tenuous nature of its hold to the values of the democratic West. The outraged reaction of Muslims to what they perceive as blasphemous cartoons might seem temperate by comparison.

Blogger Glenn Greenwald makes the interesting point that the very unanimity of the American reaction to the sentencing-from far Left to far Right-reveals something often overlooked: there is indeed a set of values that are distinctly American to which virtually all of us implicitly subscribe. The notion that people ought to be punished by the state for expression of ideas is not something many Americans can even debate seriously. …

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