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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, June 13

Jun 13, 2018

Credit Beth Adams

First hour: Can speech be violent? 

Second hour: Has urbanism become too mean?

Can speech be violent? That's a common point of debate on college campuses and in social justice circles, where many activists argue that some speech is not just offensive; it's dangerous. Libertarians tend to argue that the answer to speech is more speech, and that speech is not violence. Our guests will discuss how they view speech and its potential limits, including where the government should or should not step in. In studio:

  • Kevin Wilson, chair of the Monroe County Libertarian Party
  • Stephanie Vargas, local activist

Then in our second hour, has urbanism become too mean? That's exactly what some local urbanists feel, and they're looking for ways to improve their tactics. Mocking someone for driving a car? Lampooning golfers? Is that effective? Our guests will debate what works, what doesn’t, and when it's okay to make loving fun for the sake of urbanism. Our guests:

  • David Riley, urbanist and former newspaper reporter
  • Marlana Zink, Rochester resident with a background in planning
  • Jason Partyka, member of Reconnect Rochester
  • Phil Kehres, urban planner in Vancouver, Canada