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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1890 people have signed up!

  • Mark Samenfink, Network Administrator, United States

    A mind afraid to explore is one trapped in a cage of it's own making.

  • Carol Scott, Retired, England

    Hope it extends to other lost freedoms to eat, drink and smoke as adults without constantly been told what to do just leave adults alone.

  • Greg Lahoda, Manager, Canada

    Freedom of speech!

  • Lizzie Taylor, Vendor of Competence to the incompetent., Canada

    Freedom to speak, free from fear and violence!

  • Aidan Condie, Director, Collingwood Management Limited, United Kingdom

    If we are not very careful, we will find ourselves in the same position as Germany in the 1930's. PC censors were Hitler's predecessors.

  • Andy Mansell, Carer, UK

    I am tired of being told what I can do, say, think almost in what is supposed to be a free country. All in the name of 'the greater good', but good for whom? I call the current pc mood an intolerant tolerance.

  • Andy McLennan , Australia

    God spoke and created the world, when people are allowed to speak freely, great things happen in our world

  • André Murgo, Web dev/manager, Brazil

    Thank you for your great work! Keep it up and strong! Always dissent!

  • nigel vogt, Assembly operator, UK

    The mother of idiots is always pregnant.

  • R Emslie, Company Director, U.K.

    We fought hard for our freedoms, lets not succumb to terrorists now.

  • Paul Reeves, Software Engineer Cambridge., UK

    I support this campaign for many reasons - but foremost if I can't see, read and hear ALL ideas how can I make up my own mind? If you belive that you are independent in thought - you should support this campaign too.

  • Dan Brown, Broker, Australia

    Absolutely


Other signatories include:

Tessa Mayes, United Kingdom • G Entwistle, United Kingdom • Nicholas Tate, UK • Damian Leslie, United Kingdom • Martin Woodford, Japan • Lloyd Donohoe, Australia • Edward Willett, Canada • Andrew Weeks, Australia • James Y., United States • john price, uk • Jacob Santillan, United States of America • Alastair Wright, UK • Samuel Flores, France • Daniel Jooste, South Africa • Graham Finnie, UK • George Wilkinson, United Kingdom • Mike Marsh, UK • Ted Getzel, USA • David Jenkins, England • Luke Holroyd, United Kingdom • Ash Bee, UK • PETER ANDRIC, AUSTRALIAOh,I am sick of political • Mercedes Carbonell, spain • JOHN POWELL, United Kingdom • Marianna Fox, United Kingdom • Mark Holmes, United Kingdom • Ilse Court, Belgium • Tau Sodan, Canada • Assaf Vardi, Israel • Toby Robson, United Kingdom • Ben Yates, United Kingdom • Jeanne Kelly, UK • Patrick Keeney, Canada • Catriona  Pickett , Australia • Damien McLeod, United States • Katrina Thomson, United Kingdom • Andrew Woolford, England/UK • James Greer, United Kingdom • Stephen Richards, UK • Richard Ashton, UK • Jim Makin, Japan • Nathaniel Parsons, New Zealand • Desmond  Bellot, England • Ivan Maffezzini, Italy • sam allibone, UK • Herbert Purdy, UK • Vlad Andrei, France • Christopher Maguire, UK • Paul Diamond, United Kingdom • Louis Lavery, UK • Gail Reed, Australia • Catriona Pickett, Australia. • Massimo Butti, UK • John Hider, England • Wynn Wheldon, United Kingdom • Seth Hamill, England • carole chapman, italy • Mitchell Agg, United Kingdom • Josh Woodworth, UK • Alistair Gordon, England • Luis Gomes da Costa, Portugal • Keiron Ryan, England • Adarsh Singh, India • alastair banton, U.K. • Amanda Stone, France • Kathryn Knight, United Kingdom • Ricardo  Lima, Brazil • Paul McMahon, Australia • John  Dakin, England • Roger Schaeffer, USA • James Dunne, England • Chris Shaw, United Kingdom • Ruben Flores, Mexico • Martin Ridley, Uk • Scott Pepe, UNITED KINGDOM • David Grogan, United Kingdom • Reyna Arriaza, United States • Valerie Price, CANADA • Cyril Ignatius Kendrick, United States • Tony Dear, Australia • renny crossley, United Kingdom • Giulio M, Italy • Veronica Trenchard, UK • Richard Cole, Australia • Steven Fitton, England • Max Clemmens, Mexico • Luke Shaw, UK • patrick simmons, uk • Bernhard Blauel, London • Lenuța Berinde, România • James Burchett, United Kingdom • Faith Holmes, scotland • bruce tatt, australia • Jim Williams, UK • bill raymer,  • Elen Gee, AUSTRALIA • Tim Rich, Uk
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