I support free speech but….. That is a worrying statement to hear from anyone that lives in a Liberal Western Democracy like Canada’s.
I support free speech but…. always means there’s some kind of speech the person speaking, would like to see shut down.
And the problem with that is, where do you stop?
If you trust the current government to restrict speech you don’t like, what about the next government led by that leader you hate or that party you can’t stand.
Would you be comfortable handing over the ability to criminalize speech?
And yet, from people rioting to shut down civil discourse on campuses to calls for advertising bans and having the government police Twitter or Facebook for mean posts and fake news, this is a worrying time for free speech.
- Fake News
- Twitter police
- Ad bans
- Political targeting
Watch as I go through each of the ways free speech is under attack in the current environment.
Doesn’t it remind you all of 1984?
Freedom of speech, freedom of expression it’s all taken for granted but as we have seen in the past with issues like Section 13 of the Human Rights Act - the hurt feelings on the internet section, many people, including elected officials are more than happy to let freedom of speech be curtailed for the latest fashionable idea.
The answer however should always be no.