I’m a free speech absolutist. That means, I believe in the freedom of expression, association, and, of course, speech for anyone and any idea.
There are certain limitations I’d place, like defamatory speech that leads to individuals suffering severe economic burdens. Those economic burdens would have to be proven in court, of course. But besides that, I think you should have the right to say what you want to say to anyone, at all.
If you want to call me a "nigger," I will defend your right to say that.
If you don’t want to serve me food because I’m black, I will defend your right to do that in your private business.
Who cares if I’m offended? That doesn’t mean what you’re saying is wrong.
And that doesn’t mean I should work to silence you.
But sadly, that’s the kind of world we live in.
According to the Pew Research Centre, up to 40 per cent of young people think it’s ok to limit speech that is offensive to minorities. There are have been polling data that goes all the way up to 50 per cent.
If you still don’t believe me, I’ll show you a clip of me talking about this to normal young Canadian university students.
Ironically, back in the 1960s, it was young people who lead the free speech movement. Now, they turn their backs on what others fought for.
Why? It was the universities, especially the humanities and social sciences, that taught them to think this way about free speech. Specifically, through the prisms of postmodernism and Marxism. WATCH as I explain.
I used to be proud in my generation. Now, I can’t be anymore. We’re no longer tolerant. We’re no longer an accepting generation.
Instead, we’re a generation of active nihilists driven mad by good-for-nothing identity politics.