Many a free speech absolutist accepts the legitimacy of libel and slander laws under the auspices of the harm principle. But what is racist propaganda if not libel on a mass scale? Why is libel wrong but, in the minds of hate speech apologists, mass libel permissible? If it’s wrong to smear an individual in a harmful fashion, why is it not wrong to smear thousands or millions of individuals all at the same time? It’s logically equivalent to outlawing guns but permitting bombs.