Category Archives: Freedom of speech

In Defence of Jordan B. Peterson

A few days ago, Canadian author and English professor Ira Wells published an essay expressing concern about popular Canadian psychology professor and social critic Jordan B. Peterson. The essay was written in the wake of an incident at Canadian university Wilfred Laurier, where a teaching assistant was reprimanded for playing a short clip of a televised Peterson debate over the compelled use of gender pronouns. (I analysed the incident in Quillette last week.)

Regrettably, Wells’s essay is littered with inaccuracies and casual insults, accompanied by a moralistic undertone that is sure to turn off Peterson’s supporters, and perhaps even neutral observers.

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Sharia UK: British Politician Jayda Fransen Arrested For Offending Islam, Flown To Belfast, Full Video Of Speech

This is sharia in the West. Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen has been arrested over a speech she made in Belfast addressing the jihad threat and teachings calling for holy war. Whether you agree with Jayda Fransen is of no import. Her right to say it is everything. It is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced. Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.

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Video of Evergreen State Forum Reveals Students’ Disturbing Ideas

Evergreen State College is now firmly embedded in people’s minds. Why? Because the crybully students there were so incensed at a professor’s opinion that they had to shut down classes. The incident is a prime example of what the alt-left would make the entire United States look like if given the opportunity.

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UCLA Tramples on Students’ Free Speech

The following address was given at UCLA by former UCLA professor and lawyer Keith Fink who achieved great popularity on campus for lecturing on the importance of free speech. Fink was recently fired as a result of a vindictive leftist administrator, UCLA’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Jerry Kang. The campus chapter of Young Americans for Freedom invited Fink back to campus to deliver this talk. It has been lightly edited for readability.

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Stanford staff encourage students to tear down flyers for Robert Spencer talk

Stanford student Andrew Quirk disguises his fascism as a concern for the safety of Muslims, who are, in reality, not in the least endangered by the prospect of my presence, or by my talk, or by the aftermath of my event. But I will, because of the reckless defamation of Andrew Quirk and other Stanford fascists, be coming to Stanford with a security team.

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Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share

It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others. On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive.

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