Free speech
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Free speech

17 June 2009

The philistines in the ivory tower

The real threat to academic freedom today comes from the collapse of belief in the worth of intellectual enquiry.

Let’s stop the sanitising of terrace culture

By criminalising ‘indecent chanting’, the authorities threaten to turn all football fans into jester-hatted consumers.

20 May 2009

Libel law is a bogus excuse for justice

A case involving the respected science writer Simon Singh proves again that the English libel courts are no place to seek the truth.

18 May 2009

Resist this assault on freedom of thought

America’s new Matthew Shepard Act will punish criminals for their thoughts as well as their acts. But we should defend the freedom to hate.

8 May 2009

After the fatwa, the free speech wars

As the Rushdie affair shows, if you invite the state to define the boundaries of acceptable speech, it will limit you as well as your opponents.

‘Why Al Gore is too chicken to debate me’

Christopher Monckton, the Third Viscount of Brenchley and well-known climate change sceptic, tells spiked he was censored by Gore.

Why we should smash this intellectual forcefield

Jacqui Smith’s desire to protect Britons from extremist foreigners is patronising, impractical and illiberal.

5 March 2009

Is this another war on ‘Jewish science’?

The elite protest against today’s Israel Day of Science in London is built on double standards and a deep disdain for academic freedom.

16 February 2009

The Culture War that dare not speak its name

The Geert Wilders affair exposes an elite more interested in battling imaginary Islamofascists or Islamophobes than having an enlightened debate.

16 February 2009

Britain is not a ‘crowded theatre’

Foreign secretary David Miliband’s use of the ‘fire in a theatre’ argument against Geert Wilders was ahistoric and illiberal.