Showing posts with label censorship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label censorship. Show all posts

John Stossel: Censorship In America

Hate speech is less dangerous than censorship. Support for the idea that it's good to hear all opinions, even offensive ones, is thin. A plurality of Americans now support laws against "hate speech." Conservatives once wanted to ban Playboy magazine, violent rap lyrics and offensive depictions of Jesus. Leftists then were right to fight    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Suppressing Free Speech

The end to a political goal.      I receive loads of mail in response to my weekly nationally syndicated column. Some recent mail has been quite disturbing. Here's a sample: "Given your support of freedom on a great many issues, I wish to bring to your attention the following George Mason University staff who have formally called on the President to     ... MORE

What Ben Carson Means By Political Correctness

by Kevin Drum. Here is Ben Carson on Wednesday: At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Carson noted that many people believe a situation like what took place in Germany in the 1930's and 1940's could never happen in America. "I beg to differ," Carson said. "If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts,  ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: Sheep Led To The Slaughter

The muzzling of free speech in America.      “If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” —George Washington     The architects of the American police state must think we’re idiots. With every passing day, we’re being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society        ... MORE

Nico Sell: It’s Time To Build The Private Web

A place for private communication and uncensored info.  The establishment of the U.S. Postal Service was one of the most visionary civil liberties ideas of its time. It was deeply rooted in George Washington’s belief that a strong state and society can only exist if every citizen has access to uncensored information and can freely communicate,   ... MORE

Martin Armstrong: The End Of Freedom Of Speech In Spain

'1984' comes to Europe, next stop ...    Spain has shown that it is fully on board with the Brussels authoritarian direction of ending democracy. Those in power have simply convinced themselves that the people do not understand what is good for them so they must impose their will upon the people but raw force. How does this differ in any    ... MORE

What Does It Mean To Be “Free”?

How you can increase your freedom.  When most people think of the term freedom, they think of it politically, in the context of living in a “free” country, for example. The libertarian conception of it is the most clear and relevant to us here: freedom is the ability to do whatever you want, so long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s right to do  ... MORE

Political Correctness: Tyranny Of The Mind

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin.    In a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, dated September 23, 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” By any definition that Jefferson could have envisioned, today’s political correctness can only be regarded as “tyranny over   ... MORE

Suzy Lee Weiss: I Was Recruited By The Thought Police

Political correctness has reached the level of crazy.    In the liberal ghetto of Ann Arbor, several University of Michigan administrators recently gathered for a passionate brainstorm. The head of student affairs declared he was simply “going to die” if he heard about one more so-called micro-aggression on campus. When a colleague told   ... MORE

Google Works To Rank Sites Based On ‘Truthfulness’

by Maxim Lott.  In a step that critics worry will inject political bias into search results, a Google research team released a report this month on ranking search results based on how factual websites are. They propose eventually using that to change Google rankings, which are currently based on website popularity. The Google researchers give, as an     ... MORE

Jaana Woiceshyn: ‘Sensitivity’ Versus Freedom of Speech

Weak minds fear free speech.    Recently my MBA business ethics class discussed the case of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as the case of the Danish Mohammed cartoons published in 2006. Somebody also brought up Sony and its movie The Interview. We had just covered the virtue of integrity: loyalty to rational principles.    ... MORE

After Copenhagen: The Myth of Civilized Censorship

by Brendan O'Neill. Hate speech laws legitimize violence against those who offend. The two recent acts of censorship-by-murder in Europe—first at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and then at a free-speech debate in Copenhagen—have put the continent's political classes in a pickle. For as much as European rulers want to, and do, condemn the brutal    ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: What Free Speech?

What exactly does free speech mean in France?   The photos of 40 of the world's government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous   ... MORE

Neil MacDonald: More State Power, Not Free Speech, Likely To Be The Actual We-Are-Charlie Result

Well, everyone must at least feel better now,    having chanted and declared for days that we're all Charlie. It was, or it seemed, a cry for freedom of speech, ringing outward from one of the world's first secular democracies. In reality, though, with all due respect to the sentiment behind it, Sunday's great march through the centre of Paris,  ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Despite Stand Against the Terrorist's Veto, France Treats Offensive Words and Images as Crimes

Charlie Hebdo in the dock.       On Sunday, as more than a million people marched through the streets of Paris in support of the right to draw cartoons without being murdered, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication declared that "artistic freedom and freedom of expression stand firm and unflinching at the heart of our common European  ... MORE