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There are six speakers in Ariadne's dialogue on hate speech. Their names are Ann, John, Fred, Vera, Malik, and Dee. Each has a different view of hate speech: its morality, its consequences, its constitutionality, and whether it should be protected by law.

In some cases Ann, Vera, and Malik will agree, but their approaches also differ in important ways. The same is true for Fred and Dee. Keep in mind that sometimes a speaker will say something that he or she is thinking about but does not firmly believe. In conversation we often ask questions and throw out ideas to see what others think or to get more information.