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Society is awash with hatred, but love is stronger

A strong contender for word of the year for 2018 is already ‘hate’. Every day we hear about hate speech, hate groups and numerous slogans along the line of ‘love trumps hate’.

In this regard I was intrigued by a proposal from the city of Hamilton in Canada to ban ‘hate groups’. The trouble is how one defines a hate group. The way that the term is being used by some of the more powerful groups in our increasingly illiberal society means there is a danger it will act more as an instrument to promote hate rather than to prevent it.

The relationship between love and hate is very close. One of the observations I would make is the way so many people use ‘love’ as a badge that justifies their hatred. Go on an anti-hate march and feel the hate!…

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