Restoring my libertarian street cred

I haven't really developed an opinion on the Danish Mohammed cartoons. On the one hand, I think that people who publish nasty jokes about other peoples' religious beliefs are basically kind of jerks. They are especially jerky when those religious beliefs are held mainly by an economically and socially marginal minority. On the other, I have considerable ire towards people who think that the correct response towards blasphemy is violence, threatened or actual.

But whatever one's opinions about the decision to publish, breathes there a libertarian with heart so dead that they can fail to thrill to the sight of Ezra Levant telling off the thought police Canadian Human Rights commission when they interrogate him about his motives?

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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