Michael Lerner: The Case for Spam

Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine and author of frequent (and lengthy) e-mail missives, makes the case that efforts to prohibit e-mail spam could hurt “social change organizations.”

To those who would argue that they have a sweeping right not to have their inboxes invaded by spam (even from nonprofits), Lerner retorts:

I would go one step further than Rabbi Lerner: Do we have the right to not know we don’t know?

In all seriousness though, Lerner’s larger point is a valid one: There is a good case to be made that mass e-mails from nonprofits should be treated differently than those from for-profits. And if they are succinct and sent sparingly, so much the better.

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