Thursday, December 27, 2018

Quote of the day 27th December 2018

"Who would have thought that in 2018 it would be deemed controversial to uphold the principle of free speech? Whatever else the events of this year have taught us, it is now clear that the fundamental human right to express oneself as one sees fit is under threat."

"The time is ripe seriously to consider how we might retaliate against the creeping authoritarianism of our age."

"Those who were active in the civil-rights movements of the ‘New Left’ in the Sixties and Seventies understood that free speech is the linchpin of all other struggles for equality. But today it is mostly well-intentioned activists on the left who are calling on the state to constrict the Overton window."

"Worse still, in a world in which social media have become the de facto public square, and online platforms are controlled by powerful likeminded CEOs, we are left with the paradoxical phenomenon of self-identified leftists seeking to empower huge corporations to set the parameters of acceptable thought. Those who claim that censorship can only be enacted by the state are making arguments that are over 20 years out of date."

"With any luck, 2019 will be the year in which we stop indulging the authoritarians who wish to impose their worldview on the rest of us. As the tech giants double down, those who believe in freedom must develop effective strategies of resistance." 

(Andrew Doyle, extracts from an article in Spiked,

"Let's make free speech the great cause of 2019.")


Jim said...

more and more i think that there needs to be a codified constitution, recognising (not granting as its not the governments to grand) the right to free speech.

Chris Whiteside said...

For most of my life I have been a supporter of the British tradition of an unwritten constitution.

But the recent history of free speech in this country provides one of the strongest arguments for a written one.