Mark Steyn on Freedom of Speech

The whole thing is a must read, here's a teaser:

I heard a lot of that kind of talk during my battles with the Canadian ‘human rights’ commissions a few years ago: of course, we all believe in free speech, but it’s a question of how you ‘strike the balance’, where you ‘draw the line’… which all sounds terribly reasonable and Canadian, and apparently Australian, too. But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that....

As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.

As American universities, British playwrights and Australian judges once understood, the ‘safe space’ is where cultures go to die.

Read it all.

Posted by: Rusty at 10:20 AM


1 I read this article yesterday and it is excellent! He nails a lot of the PC crowd to the wall. Too bad they are too indoctrinated to realize it. They will smear his ONE sentence about 'alternatives to traditional marriage' and not even READ the rest.

Posted by: Frustrated Teacher at April 17, 2014 03:34 PM

2 *Excellent* stuff by Steyn.

Posted by: Shadowman at April 17, 2014 09:23 PM

3 That rather explains where we are now, slidin' on down.
Any "not PC" voice shouted down or not allowed to speak.
Calls in the media by our self proclaimed "elite" to imprison or kill dissenting opinions.

Posted by: Kafiroon at April 17, 2014 10:05 PM

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