Freedom manifesto!

The foundation of all freedom

Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of a democratic society. It is the most important of all freedoms. It is the foundational freedom upon which every other right we enjoy - from the right to vote to the right to protest - is built. Without the freedom to think, write, publish, depict and debate as we see fit, all our political and social rights become meaningless.

Masters of our own minds

Freedom of speech makes us morally autonomous. It allows us to use our moral and mental muscles, to decide for ourselves, through discussion, debate and argument, what is a good idea and what is a bad one. It makes man the master of his own mind and fate, rather than allowing the authorities to treat us as infants by determining on our behalf what we may read, think and believe.

The midwife of enlightenment

Freedom of speech is the best guarantor of getting to the truth of a matter. Where censorship discourages debate in favour of silencing the allegedly offensive or hateful opinion, freedom of speech insists on holding people to account for their beliefs and challenging their claims in the public sphere. It is the midwife of enlightenment where censorship fuels only an unquestioning approach, and ultimately ignorance.

No censorship - ever

Freedom of speech must never be restricted. No state bans, no hate-speech legislation, no libel laws, no restrictions on the press, no mob pressure on people to conform to modern orthodoxies. For attacks on freedom of speech do not only commit the bad-enough offence of preventing someone from saying what he believes - they also reduce the rest of us to the level of children through blocking our eyes and ears, degrading our moral autonomy, stifling truth-seeking, and elevating stupidity over enlightenment.

Free speech now!

Freedom of speech makes us free. It makes us fully human, through allowing our minds to work and our views to matter. We are absolutely committed to breathing life back into this essential freedom, to fighting against all forms of censorship and intolerance, to ensuring that everyone - regardless of their viewpoint - enjoys the freedom to express themselves and to enter into the truth-determining fray of public life. We want free speech now, with no ifs, buts, erming, ahhing, restrictions, restraints or delay.

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  • Jacob Khomyak, Finland

    It is always the hateful, offensive and provocative that remind us of what freedom of speech really feels like.

  • Paul Beardsell, Self-employed libertarian, UK

    Free speech is. literally, literally fundamental to freedom and liberty.

  • Ben Maughan, Self-Employed, United Kingdom

    This is not a right or left-wing issue. It is something that anybody who believes in democracy should support. Free speech is constantly being eroded in this country.

  • Luqman Bashir, United Kingdom

    Censorship sucks! Stop imposing your will on the rest of us you stupid SJW's

  • Max Cunningham, United Kingdom

    "It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears." Louis Brandeis

  • chelsea valkenberg, unemployed/troll on the internet, usa

    i support free speech or i woulndnt be able to cause controversy that help fund my patreon and be a mod on gamerghazi

  • Matthew Hodgins, Teacher, United States

    “Don’t take refuge in the false security of consensus.” – Christopher Hitchens

  • Dr Andrew Campbell , Retired , Australia

    Free speech is fragile and must be constantly reaffirmed . Free speech is fundamental to all other presumed rights. Free speech affirms the value of the individual viewpoint above group think and conventional wisdoms.

  • James Heartfield, Writer, UK

    [Sorry, I can't remember whether I signed already, so please don't put me down twice - and don't include this message of support]

  • Egon Friedler, Music and theater critic. Free lance journalist , Uruguay

    The battle against radical Islam is not over. It has only begun. Europe has wasted too much time with the false illusion of multiculturalism.


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Nick Pope, United Kingdom • Elisabetta Gasparoni,  • Donald Christie, United Kingdom • Richard Bassett, UK • Michael Roberts, United Kingdom • Bryan Cobb, USA • Dominic Baron, New Zealand • edi vaché, us of a • Joe Collins, UK • Graham Johnson, uk • keith harris, UK • Marilyn Davis, England • Jim Makin, Japan • Clive Bond, Australia • Nick Loney, UK • Sue Leong, France • Helene Groen, Denmark • Steven  McCrady, UK • wendy frost, UK • Daniel O'Flaherty, England • Sam Gill, United Kingdom • Cole Mullis, United States of America • Deborah Robertson, United Kingdom • Suzie Curtis, United Kingdom • Nick Hopewell-Smith, England • Old Holborn, United Kingdom • K McCulloch, Canada • David Pinder, UK • Jason den Dulk, Australia • Richard Galber, UK • William Orr-Ewing, United Kingdom • Allan Lindqvist, Sweden • James Mills, United Kingdom • Deirdre Duchesne, Australia • Rob Stafford, England • Mark Weishan, USA • Stephen Varga, UK • Michael O'Donnell, United States • David Mossle,  • David Brenner , United States • Neil Humber, UK • Doug Mayfield, USA • Reyna Arriaza, United States • martin gillick, Ireland • Nathaniel Parsons, New Zealand • Deborah Robertson, United Kingdom • Lesley Katon, UK • Tony Wallace, Britain • Erin Sullivan, US • Ziga Turk, Slovenia • Bernard Hunt, USA • Peter Green, United Kingdom • Jonathan  Isherwood , England • Tony Breen, UK • Sue Fletton-Dean, United Kingdom • michael yeo, canada • Laurence Morris, UK • Catherine Allinson, United Kingdom • J Springford, UK • Anthony Davis, UK • Juan  Aguilera, Australia • Rob Mackenzie, England • Clifford Hall, UK • yuki kappes, Germany • Patrick Landers, Ireland • Shawn Michaels,  • Dennis  Hayes, UK • Cody Curry, United States • Alexander Thompson, United Kingdom • Joshua Maher, United Kingdom • CAROLE  HERBERT, uk • Nick Riggs, United Kingdom • John Foley, UK • Warwick Wakefield, Australia • Stephen Boyling, Canada • Barry Ross, UK • Louise Turnbull, UK • Andrew Ian Dodge, US • Thor Holt, UK • Ash Bee, UK • Tim Ferris, UK • Lucy Harington, UK • Caroline Dyott, UK • Jackson Andersen, USA • drew cormack, UK • Deb Prytherch, UK • Matthew McWilliams, United States • Maie-Helene Hubert, France • Adele Wilde, Germany • Darcy Anderson, UK • Pamela Almaz, UK • James  Black, United Kingdom • Victor Falkengaard, Sweden • Dan Gos, Canada • Richard Martin, Spain • Ivan Maffezzini, Italy • Charlie P, UK/Australia • Vlad Andrei, France
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