When the State Speaks What Should It Say? | AshCast by Harvard University published on 2013-03-14T16:25:42Z How should a liberal democracy respond to hate groups and others that oppose the ideal of free and equal citizenship? The democratic state faces the hard choice of either protecting the rights of hate groups and allowing their views to spread, or banning their views and violating citizens' rights to freedoms of expression, association, and religion. At this Democracy Seminar sponsored by the Ash Center, political theorist Corey Brettschneider proposes a new approach for responding to these issues called value democracy. The theory of value democracy argues that while the state should protect the right to express illiberal beliefs, the state should also engage in democratic persuasion when it speaks through its various expressive capacities: publicly criticizing, and giving reasons to reject, hate-based or other discriminatory viewpoints.